Huhtamaki specialises in moulded fibre packaging, flexible packaging, release films and paper cup manufacturing with operations in 31 countries across 53 manufacturing units.
Huhtamaki has evolved from a multi-industry company into a consumer packaging specialist through a series of almost 200 company acquisitions and divestments since 1980. Sub-brands include the retail brands Chinet, Bibo and Lily as well as the BioWare family of compostable tableware and packaging.
Given the extensive number of acquisitions made since 1980, Huhtamaki found itself with a significant number of ERP systems including BPCS, Exact, iScala and Tectura. Even where the business had the same ERP system, the implementation and installation design of the software was very different.
As the regional IT hub of the time for Asia, Oceania and Africa, Huhtamaki Australia was faced with a decision on choosing a new ERP system for the newly opening factory in Guangzhou in China , the trading operation in Hong Kong, an existing operation in Otahuhu in New Zealand as well as an existing operation in Malaysia.
Huhtamaki Australia first decided to review the existing ERP systems already installed and determine the one solution that would best suit the business from a cost perspective (implementation and ongoing support) while meeting the business’s reporting, legal and other operational requirements.
iScala was chosen as the best-fit software after careful review. Huhtamaki Australia had two options: either allow each country to implement their iScala systems independently of each other, or have a centralised team develop a standard install design, based on the ERP design used by Australia.
The latter option was chosen on the basis of lowest total cost of implementation, best ERP resources in the region, and high calibre consultancy resources by AJS Sydney.
Headed by Daniel Everett, the project was completed in a year and the NZ implementation was the first to go live. The Guangzhou implementation brought an interesting twist with the local financing regulations, requiring iScala to interface with the Chinese Government’s ‘Golden Tax’ software, which was resolved by AJS.