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Packaging and recycling company WEIG designes the market instead of being driven by markets

WEIG Group chose SAP S/4HANA to provide an integrated platform for enabling new business models throughout the company’s entire value chain.

WEIG Group, a midsize company headquartered near Koblenz, Germany, and with operations in South America, turns recovered paper into cartonboard, printed folding carton, and plasterboard liner. It is a major regional supplier of cartonboard and folding carton products. It also provides the gypsum industry worldwide with plasterboard liner for wallboard panels.

Digitalization: Opportunity for New Business Models

Digitalization is presenting new challenges to WEIG Group. The company believes that transparency goes hand in hand with individuality and reliability. Digital technologies are bringing the company closer to that credo. Digital business processes will enable WEIG Group to manufacture products to individual customers’ specifications and to provide even more transparency along the entire value chain. Digital technology will also allow WEIG Group to integrate its customers, suppliers, and partners in its processes via user-friendly SAP Fiori apps, as well as to identify additional potential for improvement.

The head of IT applications, Marco Schüller, expects the new solution, based on SAP S/4HANA, to accelerate decision-making for WEIG Group while enabling customers to place orders themselves and check inventory levels.

SAP S/4HANA 1610 to Go Live in December 2016

In July 2016, WEIG Group’s accounting and purchasing processes went live on SAP S/4HANA 1511. The company has now joined the beta program for the 1610 on-premise release. “The new release will enable us to become a platform provider,” says Schüller.

WEIG Group will also implement SAP Extended Warehouse Management. The new data model enabling real-time data processing will bring more transparency to logistics processes. Another benefit is the simple and intuitive SAP Fiori user experience that will link together sales, manufacturing, and customers. “Customers will use the SAP Fiori apps to access the system to place orders with us or check inventory levels,” says Schüller, who plans to go live with SAP S/4HANA 1610 release as early as December 2016.

For more on digital transformation in the paper industry, see How Digital Transformation Can Save Paper And Packaging and don’t forget to check out for paper and packaging!


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