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SCHÜTZ Sets the Course for Its
SAP S/4HANA Migration

The SCHÜTZ Group is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of high-quality transport packaging such as intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and plastic and steel drums. The family-owned company which is headquartered in Selters, Germany, is split into four business segments – Energy Systems, Packaging Systems, Industrial Services & Composites – each having a leading position in its relevant market. It offers its customers system solutions individually tailored to the respective supply chain and attaches great importance to sustainability. SCHÜTZ currently employs more than 7,000 people at over 54 locations worldwide. The group’s consolidated revenues for FY 2021 were EUR 2.5 billion.

With this preparatory project, which significantly reduces the complexity of the subsequent ERP transformation, the company paved the way for its SAP S/4HANA migration. It also enabled a speedy start to the pending SAP rollouts at several international SCHÜTZ locations. The company’s pipeline is well filled with integration projects of this kind due to strong growth. As part of the Group’s expansion, several new locations, primarily in Latin America and Asia-Pacific, need to be integrated into the central SAP landscape, including a plant in Mexico. Since the new general ledger is already being used there, SCHÜTZ also expected to benefit from the experience gained from the FI/CO project, particularly in relation to the SAP integration of this location.

The system harmonization has also been an enormous advantage for the IT department, as the prior introduction of the new general ledger simplifies the SAP S/4HANA migration enormously. Moreover, the merging of the 28 controlling areas, for example, helps greatly reduce the workload involved in customizing and maintenance. As planned, the experience gained in the project is also of considerable benefit for the IT team during the international SAP rollouts. The same applies to partner valantic, as Simon Wolter, manager at valantic, stresses: “During the system harmonization, we learnt a great deal about SCHÜTZ’s requirements, which will benefit us in follow-up projects.” This knowledge transfer is also guaranteed at a personnel level: Some of valantic’s experts are now supporting the migration in Mexico after the successful FI/CO project.

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