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All companies in the world, and logically those ones belonging to the Paint sector as well, always have to face one of the most important and difficult topics about production in general: the necessary reduction of CO2 emissions, increasing more and more every year and causing massive environmental damages. So, what is the actual current scenario?
Nowadays, it is true that a lot of companies try to reduce CO2 emissions in their mission and environmental plan for the years to come. In order to achieve that goal, Paint manufacturers normally focus on specific matters such as logistics costs and batch production.
Talking about logistics costs, all companies (and not only the Paint ones) have to deal with the problem to simplify the supply chain, trying to optimize the SKU’s. Specifically, we know that too many products will lead to too many suppliers, too many data to collect and analyze, too many people to control, too many machines used to make products, too much storage space required and, last but not least, a huge transport frequency to fill stocks – that entails huge CO2 emissions, among other factors. That being said, as mentioned before, most of experts state that companies should optimize the SKU’s by adopting some elementary rules, for instance:
- Selecting product categories
- Making a list of strategic products
- Reviewing all SKU’s
- Eliminating the unnecessary ones.
Once accomplished the first 2 steps, how to complete the following 2 ones, essential also to get a remarkable CO2 emissions reduction?
Talking instead about batch production, most of Paint companies usually produce a certain number of bases for each quality of paint, and of course to prepare a different batch for any single base. Furthermore, it is always necessary to wash carefully every tank in order to be used again later, wasting a great quantity of water (and CO2 as well) for each washing operation.
To solve the above-mentioned issues, Alfa has developed a disruptive system — the MASTER SYSTEM — and technology that allows to produce paint in the most effective way, starting from a single neutral base specifically formulated for each paint quality. That innovative system lets your company reduce the use of both TiO2 and colorants by around 40%, obtaining the desired color and opacity and maintaining the quality of the product always constant across the color range. That said, how can the MS help Paint companies to improve their internal processes, reducing logistics costs, optimizing batch production and eventually cutting CO2 emissions?
About logistics costs, a company should adopt the Master System because it allows to reduce significantly the quantity of SKU’s, resulting in a lower transport frequency to fill stocks, causing less fuel usage and consequently less CO2 emissions. Not only that, but we must add that paint has a “shelf life”, and since your number of SKU’s reduces significantly the “stock rotation” will go up, so there will be a big reduction of the store inventory, less aged products and consequently less material waste, resulting once again in lower CO2 emissions.
Then, about batch production, the Master System lets companies to reduce the number of bases (from several to only one neutral base, as mentioned before), meaning a larger batch production with much less changes, much less energy used and so much less CO2 emissions.