RETAL Baltic is investing in a new tracking and planning solution to help increase production capacity by 40% at its facility in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
With 19 factories across 10 countries, RETAL provides a wide range of plastic packaging solutions. Its Lithuanian factory saw an opportunity to improve their efficiencies by implementing planning and scheduling, trim optimisation, and manufacturing execution system software.
“Our company has experienced considerable growth in recent years” explains Viktorija Grižienė, General Manager of RETAL Baltic. “Investing in Greycon solutions makes perfect sense as we are expanding production to a new APET film-line this year and we wanted to cooperate with an established IT team.”
“One particular challenge we had to overcome was the IT project had to be carried out alongside the construction and commissioning of the new production line,” Grižienė states. “A huge thank you must go to our team members, as well as the Greycon consulting team who made all of this possible”.
To achieve RETAL’s objectives, Greycon delivered its planning and scheduling solution, opt-Studio®, their trim optimisation software, X-Trim®, and their MES solution, GreyconMillTM. Greycon has developed these products especially for film production, with opt-Studio offering the possibility to continuously control and optimise production efficiencies.
“This IT project is part of a global enterprise digitisation program which introduces and enables new, or improved, approaches for border-less communication & collaboration” adds RETAL CTO, Vykintas Arlauskas. “Further to the implementation, we have gained even greater control of our business processes, analysing data, automating decision making, while continuously improving efficiencies.”
“Thanks to the good IT infrastructure of all partners involved, the project could largely be carried out remotely, even under the influence of the Covid-19 situation”, explains Markus Rintelen of Greycon. “RETAL’s IT personnel, alongside Greycon, were optimally prepared for the unusual situation thanks to the internationally operating teams, both in project implementation and on-going support.”
RETAL Baltic is owned by the international PET packaging manufacturing group RETAL, whose president and member of the board of directors is Anatoly Martynov, is headquartered in Limassol, Cyprus. The group was founded in 1994 and owns 19 factories in 10 countries, exporting its products to 60 countries all over the world. Out of the 1,500 RETAL employees worldwide, more than 600 work in Lithuania. The group recorded income of 1.2 billion EUR in 2018, with 60% (723 million EUR) being generated in Lithuania, by Neo Group, RETAL Lithuania, and RETAL Baltic. Strongly focused on quality and flexibility, RETAL is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 22000 accredited.