Supply chain resiliency meets sustainability
Today, resiliency and sustainability are crucial to success in the mill products industry – and metals, pulp and paper, packaging, and textiles manufacturers are under extreme pressure to adapt. Digital modernization is key to achieving this goal and more.
Pulp and paper industry
Paper manufacturers – including producers of paper pulp and graphical, brown, and hygiene paper – must deal with frequent supply shocks, rising costs, and labour shortages. Manufacturers must be able to control paper mill costs while ensuring on-time customer delivery – adapting quickly to source new suppliers and transport options as needed.
Sustainable packaging industry
Packaging manufacturers are under pressure to balance costs – from procurement to manufacturing to transport – across plastic, recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable packaging. Manufacturers must manage physical assets for peak efficiency, create quotes fast, and complete orders as expected to please customers while meeting sustainability goals.
With pressure from eco-conscious consumers, textile manufacturers – including carpet and rug, yarn, and fabric manufacturing companies – are moving to the circular economy. To meet sustainability and customer delivery commitments, manufacturers need responsive supply chains to help handle natural resource and materials shortages.
To thrive in today's uncertain world, metal manufacturers need full visibility – from sourcing raw materials to securing spare parts for repair to transportation. Whether for aluminum, sheet metal, steel, or custom metal fabrication, manufacturers must maneuver through shortages and take steps to mitigate the cost and risk of future disruptions.
Sustainable industrial materials
The global focus on emissions, waste reduction, and a circular economy is driving a major shift in industrial materials manufacturing. Low-carbon products, such as green steel and aluminum, are among the eco-friendly materials now in demand. To ensure sustainable production, companies must manage an adequate supply of recycled and green materials.
Wire and cable manufacturing
In both wire manufacturing and cable manufacturing, real-time insight is crucial. Companies must be able to check availability for sales instantly, track progress against plans, and see when customer demand changes while knowing when machines are below capacity, quality is off, or trucks are delayed by pinpointing and analysing exceptions.
Featured mill products solutions
SAP Business Network for Logistics
Improve freight collaboration, goods tracking, material traceability, and supply chain resilience with an open logistics network.
SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain
Help ensure business continuity in times of supply chain disruption by synchronising supply chain planning in real time, from S&OP to inventory supply planning.
SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing
Enable enterprise-wide manufacturing collaboration to create accurate production plans, reduce order lead times, and help ensure on-time delivery.
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See how customers are succeeding with SAP
Learn how aluminum manufacturer Vedanta automated sales processes, driving productivity improvements for desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile users.
Explore how paper and packaging manufacturer Shandong Century’s digital transformation led to many benefits, such as reducing the cost of land transport by 14%.
Find out how California Steel optimises the loading of trucks and railcars for more-efficient logistics processes.
Learn how Steinbeis is converting away from energy-intensive manufacturing and embracing automation by adopting a novel data analysis program.
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Companies take action on digital transformation in mill products
Explore survey results on initiatives and projects that leverage software to transform internal processes to enhance operational efficiency, improve customer satisfaction, and tackle environmental management in mill products and mining companies.
Closing the “green gap”
A survey of 2,000 global companies explores how the network effect is taking corporate sustainability from commitment to impact.
Become more adaptable and resilient
Mill products and mining businesses have not historically been associated with sustainability. Find out why the future of the industry must become sustainable.
Explore how we can help your mill products business run better
35% reduction in the sales and operations planning cycle.
Source: Rayonier Advanced Materials
For the first time, we will be able to use one system to complete our strategic long-range plan, build next year's annual sales budget, and update our current year’s forecast.
SiOP Manager, Rayonier Advanced Materials
10% reduction in manufacturing costs.
Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking
Our aim was to turn factorysensor information intoinsight in seconds – totransform data intoknowledge and use thatknowledge to reap strategicand operational benefits.SAP HANA forms thebackbone of the solutionthat lets us do that.
Dr. Michael Hunold, Head of New Processes, Steinbeis Papier GmbH
20% increase in on-time deliveries.
Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking
Implementing SAP Transportation Management for our logistics planning has been an amazing success. We now have increased automation, greater accuracy, and enhanced transportation visibility.
Victor Rivera, Director, Information Services, California Steel Industries Inc.
Reduced carbon footprint and decarbonize the steel industry.
Salzgitter is redefining the way we do our business moving from a linear approach to a circular approach and we have a clear path to decarbonize our way of making steel. To do this we need partners like SAP.
Gunnar Groebler, CEO, Salzgitter AG
Enable sustainable sales with 360-degree customer insights, sales order commitment, and fulfilment, and empower companies to exceed the expectations of digitally connected customers, win customer loyalty, and drive revenue and profitability through in-context customer experiences across digital and traditional channels.
20% increase in revenue from new products.
Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking
SAP opened new channels and ways of communicating with customers, decreased time employees spent on repetitive tasks, and benefited from innovations through faster deployment cycles and the future use of a microservices-based extension framework.
Christian Schmidt, Head of eCommerce, Mondi
Get started with SAP's cloud solutions for mill products
SAP can help you start or enhance your mill products digital transformation – no matter where you are in your journey. If you have yet to move to cloud ERP, you can get started with the RISE with SAP solution. If you already have cloud ERP – from SAP or any other vendor – you can enhance your mill products capabilities with our industry cloud solutions.
RISE with SAP solutions for mill products
RISE with SAP provides customers with complete business transformation as a service (BTaaS) in a single package. At its core is the SAP S/4HANA Cloud suite, business process intelligence, technology credits, and more. RISE with SAP also includes solutions for:
Industry cloud solutions
Built by SAP and our partners on an open platform, SAP’s industry cloud solutions address specific industry needs for the mill products industry. Designed to work with your existing SAP and third-party systems, these specialised cloud applications can help you drive cost-effective transformation and sustainable growth.
Featured cloud solutions for mill products
Mitigate supply chain disruption, increase on-time delivery performance and minimise carrier detention fees with real-time shipment visibility and monitoring.
Cogniac Visual Operations Intelligence
Maximise the value of visual data by using an image recognition platform to help improve quality and agility across manufacturing and logistics, including increasing mill yield with automated truckload inspection.
Manage machines, equipment, tools, operating personnel, consumables, and any resources in pulp, paper, packaging, metals, cable, and wire, including the industrial service and rental business.
Explore your mill products resource centre
Enhance your design process and create innovative new products while fulfilling growing demand for supply chain sustainability.
Explore how our innovations can help transform the metals, pulp, paper, packaging, cable, wire, and textile sectors.
Discover how to become more agile with growing supply and demand uncertainty, and demands around decarbonization and sustainability.
Learn how how supply chain resilience, operational efficiency, regenerative business models, and the circular economy are all built on sustainable digitalisation.