The global paper and packaging products industry, which has witnessed moderate growth in the last few years, is going through a transition at the moment. There has been a tremendous rise in awareness and concerns about the environment, as more and more people now know that the paper industry is amongst the world's major generators of air and water pollutants, waste products, and the gases that cause climate change. As a result, the need for eco-friendly packaging solutions has gone up. At the same time, accelerating urbanization and growth in the disposable income has coincided with the rise of e-commerce and other related digital innovations. Since the industry is end-user oriented, this has had a huge impact on it.
Then there are other trends too that have affected the industry. Global economic fluctuations, volatile prices of pulp, raw materials’ sourcing, etc. are some of them. Sourcing of raw materials, in particular, is a major concern as the industry is one of the major users of raw materials like fresh water, energy and forest fibers which are increasingly getting difficult to source. Additionally, its raw materials are always under pressure from environmental regulations. Then there’s intense competition due to the presence of a large number of players. These external market factors are compelling the paper and packaging industry to place greater focus on cost efficiency and driving the manufacturers to come up with innovative ways to produce paper as well as package solutions that are affordable for the consumers and eco-friendly as well.
To achieve the same and to take care of the controllable factors inside their business as well as to deal with outside forces, many industry players are turning to information technology in the form of ERP solutions. BatchMaster ERP for Paper and Packaging Products is one such robust solution, which helps the manufacturers achieve complete integration of business functions with minimum implementation costs. Its power-packed features gives the manufacturers insight into production operations requirements, thus allowing them visibility to assess capacity options, create and manage optimized production plans and boost supply chain efficiencies, etc. Being an expert solution for recipe-based manufacturers, BatchMaster is compatible with various stages of paper manufacturing such as pulp preparation, paper formation, paper finishing et al and supports the manufacturers with a sound formulation module.
Some of its other features help manufacturers with Unit of Measure flexibility, accurate cost information, flexible scheduling, adherence to regulatory compliances, and lot traceability and control, thus creating a strong IT infrastructure where all the operations run in sync with each other with the single objective of optimum growth and profit maximization.