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By focusing on sustainability and resiliency, you can future-proof your mill products manufacturing business enterprise-wide.

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.

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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.

Textile industry

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.

Metals industry

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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Technology advancement in mill products

Explore initiatives and projects that leverage software technology to transform internal processes for mill products and mining companies, enhancing operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

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

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Transform your supply chain into a demand-driven network by aligning strategic, financial, commercial, and operational goals. You can plan inventory and supply through cross-functional collaboration, analysis, and optimisation of demand signals, supply constraints, and financial considerations – then translate the plan into actionable targets for execution systems.
  • Demand management and insights
  • Sales, inventory, and operations planning
  • Response and supply planning
  • Portfolio and project management
  • Product development and configuration

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

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Respond to customer demand, manage physical assets to improve asset health, promote collaboration, and accelerate asset performance. By using Industry 4.0, you can develop real-time visibility of manufacturing operations, optimise manufacturing processes, and collaborate in global networks while lowering total manufacturing costs.
  • Industrial insights
  • Manufacturing networks, operations, and execution
  • Asset operations, performance, and maintenance
  • Asset collaboration

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

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Balance customer service, sustainability, and delivery costs through efficient digital logistics and order fulfilment. By gaining the visibility needed to make efficient logistics and order fulfilment decisions, you can optimise freight, shipping, and warehouse operations.
  • Yard and warehouse management
  • Transportation management
  • Track and trace and logistics networks
  • Order promising

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.

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Reduce your environmental footprint by product, plant, and company level by making strategic decisions based on sustainability-related data, establishing a unified approach to sustainability risk assessment, and managing operational risk and compliance by using standardised, workflow-enabled processes to record incidents and trigger investigations. 
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Holistic steering and reporting
  • Environmental footprint management
  • Environment, health, and safety

Reduced risks and fines.

Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking

Having access to accurate, real-time information across the business puts us in a position to win, now and in the long term. We can calculate margins instantly, plan production better, and, ultimately, deliver a superior customer experience.
Paul Blocher, VP of Finance, TemperPack Technologies Inc.

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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.

  • Omnichannel commerce and customer service
  • Configure, price, and quote to cash
  • Sales force automation
  • Sales performance management
  • Marketing as a growth driver

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:   

  • Integrated business planning
  • Configure, price, and quote
  • Advanced availability to promise
  • Material and goods track and trace
  • Manufacturing collaboration
  • Transportation and warehouse management

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.

  • Cloud-based mill products solutions
  • Built by SAP and our partners
  • Straightforward integration with existing systems
  • Extension of your current investments

Featured cloud solutions for mill products

Descartes MacroPoint

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.

ETM.next

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.

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