Akzo Nobel Casco Adhesives strengthens its environmental management

IFS North America
Tags: business management, green manufacturing, energy management

Casco Adhesives, part of Akzo Nobel, one of the world’s leading chemicals corporations, has signed an agreement with IFS to upgrade and extend its business applications to streamline processes and improve environmental management. The extension includes the implementation by Casco Adhesives of IFS Eco-footprint Management, which will be used to analyze and document the environmental impact of its operations throughout the value chain.

Casco Adhesives, located in Kristinehamn and Nacka, Sweden, has been using IFS Applications since 1994. The company sells and develops adhesives and adhesive systems for the woodworking industry. Today, it uses IFS Applications to control and monitor financials, production, and logistics. Apart from IFS Eco-footprint Management, the upgrade includes:

  • The new IFS Enterprise Explorer user interface, to increase user productivity.
  • IFS Trade Management, a new component designed for companies with more advanced requirements within trade and distribution and increased support for product development in the process industry.

Casco Adhesives’ ambition is to develop, test, environmentally certify and launch its products faster, and to more clearly position itself as a leader in sustainable development.

“The environment and quality are in focus throughout our organization,” Casco Adhesives acting environment manager Sara Nilsson said. “We hold environmental (ISO 14001) and quality (ISO 9001) certifications, and work continuously to reduce resource consumption, meet increasing environmental requirements for our raw materials, develop eco-friendly products, and reduce waste. With IFS Eco-footprint Management, we get a solution that is integrated with our ERP software and that will streamline the company’s sustainability efforts.”

Eco-footprint Management enables environmental impact to be traced along the entire value chain, from raw-material procurement and production to distribution and use of the products in the field. This makes it possible to analyze businesses from a holistic perspective and gain an overview of environmental costs.

“Whether our customers need to meet legislative requirements or be proactive in their environmental efforts, this is exactly the type of tool they require. IFS has invested in speed and agility, and can already meet customer demands and offer this tool as an integrated part of the ERP solution. The tool will help our customers manage risk at the board level, position themselves in the market, and fulfill increasing stringent legislation,” IFS Scandinavia CEO Glenn Arnesen said.

The process industry is one of IFS’ targeted markets. IFS provides industry-specific functionality for enterprises in chemicals, food & beverage, pulp and paper and metals. IFS Applications for the chemical industry provides support for all critical business processes, including material compliance, batch balancing, recipe management, quality management and demand planning. The application suite also includes solutions for enterprise asset management, product lifecycle management, customer relationship management, finance and human resource management.

IFS customers in the chemical industry include Jotun, Flint Group, Dyrup, Willamette Valley Company, Akzo Nobel, Becker Acroma, Farrow & Ball, Teknos and Becker Industrial Coatings. Other IFS process industry customers include Pepsi, PFX Pet Supply, Chingford Fruit, Imerys, SSAB, Hutmen, Nucor Corp, Holmen Paper and SCA Graphics.

About Casco Adhesives
Casco Adhesives develops, manufactures, and sells adhesives and hardeners to the world. It provides solutions for construction timber, flooring and the furniture industry. Casco Adhesives is part of Akzo Nobel, which is one of the world’s leading chemicals corporations. Product development and production take place in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America. Since 1928, Casco Adhesives has a developed a distinct assortment encompassing a wide range of products.