Paper, pulp and packaging is a capital intensive industry with extreme demands on production continuity to avoid wasted resources and maintain high levels of quality. It reflects a production environment where the proper upkeep and maintenance of equipment is more important than labor productivity, due to the high levels of automation and high speed production scenarios. The industry is particularly challenged by the need for cost effective logistics and efficient distribution networks, due to the low ratio of weight to distance. Safety and work organization are also critical drivers within the paper, pulp and packaging industry, to ensure the integrity of the materials and comply with food safety requirements.
The industry is also going through some significant rationalization where carve outs and small business acquisitions are happening with regularity. Especially in the packaging industry where there is still a high level of fragmentation, consolidation transactions will continue to progress. Customer demand is also changing with global changes in finished goods manufacturers from developed to lower cost countries.
Argo applies a holistic transformation approach by combining and enhancing some of the world’s best manufacturing tools and philosophies such as Lean, Six Sigma, VA/VE and the Statistical Process Control. Argo understands how operations support business strategy.
Our approach helps pulp, paper, and packaging clients focus operations for better alignment with strategy achieving sustainable results by:
- Maximizing asset utilization, using what they have better rather than making additional costly investments.
- Improving quality to minimize waste.
- Streamlining supply chains, including logistics networks and inventory to minimize costs
- Optimizing new capital projects to ensure that they produce promised benefits.
- Using training and follow-up techniques to ensure that desired behaviors such as safety and environmental work practices become ingrained in organizational culture.
- Rationalizing plant networks to integrate acquisitions and/or right size capacity to reflect changes in demand.
Our global team of consultants has a depth of technical manufacturing expertise and a proven track record of leading and implementing successful transformations. Our people bring a wide range of professional experience from some of the most operationally excellent companies in the world.
We diagnose areas of waste, variability, and inefficiency in the operating system and then redesign, and implement, not just the new production system, but also the management structure that improves the bottom line and ensures accountability and sustainability. By working hand-in-hand with our client’s employees, we ensure the buy-in from the senior leadership team all the way to the front line employee, leaving behind a new culture, new mindsets and new behaviors.
We look deeply and broadly, not just at operational processes, but also into all functions and dynamics to leverage opportunities for improvement, including R&D, Marketing & Sales, supplier influences, inventory, setup reduction, standard work, back office and interfaces between departments.