Delivering excellence in paper packing solutions, Smurfit Kappa has 370 facilities around the globe, employs some 45,000 people, and serves markets in 34 countries. The company manufactures paper-based packaging and – with a strong commitment to modern sustainable production – sources most of its raw materials from its own paper mills. Global headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland, and regional headquarters in Paris and Miami. At its Hoya plant in northern Germany, Smurfit Kappa manufacturers 85,000 tons of folding boxboard and 340,000 tons of corrugated board from recycled paper each year.
We now know in advance when each truck is going to arrive. That’s a huge advantage for us because it means we have clarity about when raw materials will be delivered and goods dispatched.
Volker Wollschläger, Logistics Manager
Smurfit Kappa had an ambitious expansion plan to increase annual production of paper-based packaging to over 500,000 tons at its Hoya plant in Germany. But the company needed to address several logistics challenges which would be made worse by increased production:
Pre-booking, pre-picking, and optimized processes cut typical loading/ unloading time to just 17 minutes
ease of use
The solution is “easy to use and helps us improve our processes”; it smoothly accommodates occasional late-arriving trucks, and there is high acceptance among carriers
70% of vehicles arrive on time or early; truck turnaround is down to 52 minutes (from 120 minutes)
The number of trucks on site is down to just 4 or 5 (from 20) and there’s no time for drivers to stop and chat