Brazil (February 25, 2015) – Today, Suzano Pulp and Paper, one of the largest producers of eucalyptus pulp in the world (with an EBITDA of $615 million announced for the third quarter of 2014), has announced that it has adopted AIMMS PRO to optimize production planning in its organization. Furnished by the expertise of AIMMS implementation partner UniSoma, Suzano is now fully equipped to release its own optimization apps to streamline the flow, feed stocks and maritime shipments of pulp, thereby ensuring profitability and a high level of customer service.
Suzano is a leader in the paperboard market and is among the 10 largest producers of market pulp in the world. At the end of 2013, Suzano began operating a new mill in the city of Imperatriz in the state of Maranhão. The production unit, with production capacity of 1.5 million tons and a standing terrain of 96,000 square meters, is one of the most modern in the world and will mainly supply to the European and U.S. markets. Given the increasing complexity of their supply chain, Suzano embarked on a project to optimize production plans and the multi-modal distribution of cellulose in North America, South America, Europe and Asia and now boasts a toolset to quickly react to changes in their operations, both in the short term (avoiding costs due to late deliveries) and long term (visualizing their whole supply chain).
Gustavo Martarello, Integrated Planning Manager at Suzano Pulp and Paper, explains: “One year after starting up the Imperatriz Mill (1.5 million tons/year), Suzano Pulp and Paper is committed to developing OPTPULP – an Integrated Planning and Optimizing Tool (developed by UniSoma on the AIMMS platform). At the end of 2014, we completed the commissioning of the AIMMS-based tool and started to officially report our Production Plan using both the mathematical and dashboard solution. It represents an important gain in efficiency and efficacy for the Planning team. Now we can generate the Production Plan, analyze our internal material flow from Mill to Port and optimize vessel/demand fulfilment on an integrated tool with better quality and reduced timing. Our next step is to implement the coordination of our replenishment using the integrated tool. It will be a complex step, however, we are very confident that the AIMMS solution will help us take the right decisions in 2015.”
Luis Pinto, Partner and Development Manager at UniSoma added: “Suzano’s implementation of an optimization toolset is both bold and intelligent. The model combines short and mid-term decisions guarantying a fast transition from plan to execution, but also reaping the benefits of forethought. Using the AIMMS PRO platform transformed this project, providing access across the team to data and plans with a lean workflow.”
Gertjan de Lange, SVP Business Analytics at AIMMS stated: “We are excited that Suzano has embarked on a journey to embrace optimization in their daily operation in multiple areas and that AIMMS and its partner UniSoma can be part of this. Suzano’s vision to ensure flexibility in their solutions for running a large and complex operation, matches very well with our mission and therefore our AIMMS PRO platform. We surely see that the current developments are just a starting point for Suzano and many great optimization-based applications will be added over time.”
AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. For over 25 years, the company has been developing and selling a unique mathematical optimization platform. AIMMS customers can create high business impact with optimization engines and solutions that enable optimal decision making on complex strategic, tactical or operational problems.
Visit http://main.aimms.com/ for more info.
UniSoma, established in 1984, is a Brazilian consultancy company specializing in the development and implementation of integrated production and logistics planning solutions. UniSoma develops supply chain management (SCM) solutions, also known as Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), using multidimensional representations of physical, economic, and management attributes and constraints.
Visit www.unisoma.com.br/ for more info.
About Suzano Pulp and Paper
Suzano Pulp and Paper (Bovespa: SUZB5; OTC: SUZBY and Latibex), a subsidiary of Suzano Holding and part of the Suzano Group, is one of the largest vertically integrated eucalyptus forestry, pulp and paper producers in Latin America. It has invested in the pulp and paper industry for over 90 years and its global operations span approximately 60 countries. The company operates six industrial units: Suzano, Rio Verde, Limeira and Embu in the state of São Paulo, Mucuri in the state of Bahia, and Imperatriz in the state of Maranhão. Suzano Pulp and Paper has an annual pulp and paper production capacity of 4.7 million tons.
For more information, visit www.suzano.com.br.