In 2013 our production facility in Berlin, Germany, carried out a project to identify the origins of waste along with the causes. By having a clearer idea about a material’s waste profile, it is easier to find new solutions for waste reduction. On top of this, the Value Streaming Method (VSM) was used to analyze processes to find out where waste is created and to highlight major potential improvements.
At our biggest production center in Hamburg, Germany, we introduced environmentally-friendly solutions for secondary packaging in 2013; for instance, we are now using thinner cardboard to save resources while at the same time using packaging which is a better fit in terms of storage and requires less logistical handling. This has also led to a reduction in material costs.
The ‘Pack Less Project’, which aims to reduce and standardize the stretch film application on pallets, was implemented in 2013 at our production center in Itatiba, Brazil. A standard procedure was implemented to reduce the number of wrap-arounds per pallet. This initiative resulted in a 25% reduction in stretch film consumption and also resulted in less waste being generated.