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Let’s Celebrate Technology Leaders in Metals, Paper, Packaging, Mining and Building Materials

Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

This comment rings especially true today as businesses across all industries are  putting their heads down – and together – to figure out how to survive and thrive given tremendous change and uncertainty. Yet while there is a great deal of uncertainty, there are signs of innovation thriving with many companies reaching outside their normal business to find ways to help.

Often these days we just keep moving and are happy enough to survive the day.  However – isn’t it great when we can stop sometimes to recognize great ideas, great work and even some times when things happen that make the world run better?  That’s why SAP is again excited to announce its annual SAP Innovation Awards.

When we launched in 2014, 27 companies submitted entries from 15 eligible countries. Last year in 2020, with over 50 countries eligible, we received more than 260 entries from customers and partners that harnessed the power of SAP technology to become intelligent enterprises, develop next-gen applications that are helping the world run better and creating positive social impact to improve people’s lives.

Get Inspired, Check out Past Winners

To get inspired – see a few of the amazing winners in the mill products and mining industries from last year.  This includes a wide array of companies from fabricated and primary metals to forest products, paper and packaging to building materials and mining.  Also check out the whole list of submissions, finalists and winners here.

Winners from Mill Products and Mining Industries

Pregis Packaging: Transforming Packaging with Smart Machines

  • Challenge: Pregis needed to maximize the value harvested from its consumables-on-demand business model by increasing revenue using real-time information obtained by combining sensor and business data gathered from smart packaging machines.
  • Solution and Outcome: Pregis is working with SAP to manage the sensor-equipped machines maintained at customer distribution centers. The result is a digital system that helps customers never run out of the raw materials they need to create packaging and lets experts address mechanical issues before they become problem.  Pregis increased revenue, decreased downtime and maintenance costs and greatly improved customer satisfaction.

Newcrest Mining:  Mobile Solutions Drive Productivity and Safety Improvements

  • Challenge: administration processes were preventing Newcrest Mining from anticipating breakdowns.
  • Solution and Outcome: to provide real time data and processes to the field Newcrest worked with SAP to implement a secure cloud environment using mobile services that resulted in a reduction in unplanned outages, costly equipment downtime and safety hazards.  It also now supports a smoother, safer and more efficient shutdown process and optimized inventory and warehouse processes. The system executes 35,000 transactions  monthly, saving 105,000 productivity hours annually.

Share Your Innovation Story

This year’s SAP Innovation Awards aim to honor and celebrate the achievements of forward-thinking companies who have harnessed the power of SAP technology to become an Intelligent Enterprise, thrive in new business realities, and create positive economic, environmental, and/or social impact to help the world run better.

SAP is thrilled to showcase these inspirational customer and partner stories that involve using SAP solutions and business technology platforms to differentiate themselves, achieve tremendous results, and adapt to dynamic customer needs.

More information on the award timeline and list of prizes is available here. For details on the judging criteria and category definitions, visit the SAP Innovation Awards website. The submission period is open now and all entries are due by February 1, 2021. Get started today and join the conversation online using the hashtag #SAPInnovation.

For more innovation stories in the metals, building products, paper, packaging and mining industries, follow @sapmillmining on Twitter and join us on LinkedIn.



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