Four sites of Styrolution have gone live with Operational Planning and Scheduling in OMP Plus within four months' time.
Styrolution, headquartered in Germany, is a global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) Standard and styrenic specialties. Started as a joint venture between BASF (50%) and INEOS (50%), Styrolution combines the key styrenics assets of the two chemical companies. BASF SE and INEOS Industries Holding signed an agreement for INEOS to acquire BASF's 50% share in Styrolution. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The company provides styrenics applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, construction, household appliances, toys/sports/leisure, packaging and healthcare. The 4 sites with styrenic specialties and polymers, now live with OMP Plus, are located in Germany: Ludwigshafen (2 sites), Köln and Schwarzheide.
The OMP Plus project ran in parallel with the finalisation of the SAP ERP implementation. As a result, a fully integrated SAP-OMP Plus planning and scheduling environment went live on January 1st 2014.
OMP Plus takes key requirements into account like detailed batch sizing rules, advanced capabilities for variable throughput scheduling, buffer storage restrictions and cleaning slot scheduling rules.
Jörg Röhrig, Head of Material Management, states: "A key element in choosing OMP Plus was the capability of the tool to cope with our specific chemical industry planning and scheduling constraints, including a mix of MTO and MTS. All our requirements are covered via standard OMP Plus functionalities. After 2 demos, we were convinced that OMP Plus was the solution we were seeking. Benefits are starting to show quite clearly, both quantitatively and qualitatively."
Kurt Gillis, Director Business Development at OM Partners says: "We are very pleased with this new OMP Plus go live in the chemical industry. The very short time frame of this implementation confirms the strength of OMP Plus in this industry."