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Basic materials and chemicals

Refinement and manufacturing sites require effective logistics processes to ensure a high throughput volume and meet growing sustainability and cost demands

The basic materials and chemicals industry includes battery cell manufacturers, extraction industries, pharmaceutical companies and processors and manufacturers of basic materials such as food, glass, and paper. Raw materials in particular are procured from around the globe, while the products that they become are sold regionally and internationally. As a result, there are special requirements for the large volumes in inbound logistics, typically in bulk form. On the outbound side, supply must be ensured to customers in the retail or processing industries.

More and more, the basic materials chemicals industry finds itself facing the challenges of climate change, along with more stringent laws and regulations from state agencies. This forces the sector to implement even more innovations into their processing operations, which also leads to changes in material flow processes. A unique aspect of battery cell production is its emphasis on a circular economy. This introduces specific logistical challenges, which we address in collaboration with our customers.

Production facilities in the chemicals industry are highly sophisticated, technologically advanced, and thus involve large investments. The costs associated with logistics processes such as transportation, warehousing, or handling are not usually transparent. The search for green logistics solutions and the increasing cost pressure will continue to cause changing conditions.

4flow creates transparency and identifies potential

Recording and documenting logistics processes is often the first step in identifying weaknesses and potential. The standard software for logistics planning 4flow vista® enables logistics processes to be displayed transparently and all cost components to be identified. This makes it clear in which processes the greatest leverage for optimization lies.

In the process industry, companies often have several production sites and a very complex warehouse structure. Here, 4flow is an expert in network planning that maps all material flow relationships between the locations. This allows logistics processes to be optimized and costs to be reduced.

4flow applies proven lean methods in the planning and optimization of logistics and production processes, leading to both quick wins and sustainable, stable standard solutions.

For customers from the process industry, 4flow regularly implements international projects with a wide variety of tasks along the entire supply chain. The results achieved always include optimized logistics processes at the lowest possible cost.

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