In the energy industry, product protection and delivery performance are crucial. Valuable, sensitive and often bulky technology must be transported to sometimes remote places. Interruptions and delays are not an option. In a business where special circumstances are standard, we help our customers to find new ways to reduce their total cost of logistics, their environmental impact and to improve their product image.
Nefab is an industry-leading packaging supplier within the energy segment - a long-term, serious and stable partner. We develop complete packaging solutions for technically advanced and sensitive products such as gas and steam turbines, motors and generators, power transformers and switchgear equipment that is often installed in remote places where access may be difficult. Globalization is a trend in the energy industry, and the major players choose to put their production close to customers. Nefab distinguishes itself with a global platform that provides global coordination and service at a local level. As in so many other industries, competition is fierce and cost savings are welcome. When customers reach the limit of possible savings on the packaging itself, many turn to Nefab for our expertise in the auditing and streamlining of entire packaging workflows.
The customer, a well-established player in the energy market, decided to relocate manufacturing of semi-finished products in Europe to low-cost countries in Asia. Nefab was contacted in order to quickly design the new inbound packaging solutions.
Nefab's and the customer's global engineering teams worked around the clock to deliver concepts and prototypes according to strict predefined requirements. They needed to design the best solution from a logistics and cost optimization stand point. Time was short which meant that there was no room for failure or second tries. The sweet spot between packaging cost and quality was a big challenge since there were clear and unqestionable demands regarding the handling of components in the final assembly plants. The parts needed to be in the exact position for minimizing handling time and storage space in the production line. Adding more complexity to the project, the engineers had to consider regional availability of raw materials for packaging manufacturing.
Nefab supported the project's deployment stage by setting fully dedicated packing operations nearby or on site at our customer's factories. This was key to success. Having a partner that designed globally and manufactured regionally was of great importance.
" Nefab's production facilities worldwide provided the regional support needed to deliver the products. Our engineers conducted both a cost and test analysis to verify each solution for the customer. The new designs based on one-way and returnable packaging performed ideally."
- says RUI GARRIDO, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Nefab's customers operate in two main areas: power generation and distribution equipment. The first area includes power generation from generators, equipment for power plants or renewable energy parks, and power transmission. The other area means bringing electricity to industries, state-own infrastructure and domestic households.
Packaging solutions extend from single packaging for large and heavy products to effective solutions in large series. Often it is a matter of complete cost-reducing solutions with outer and inner packaging for sensitive goods. Nefab is one of the few packaging suppliers that can offer this versatility worldwide.
Many of our customers in the energy segment are global companies that value coordination of cost-reduction programs worldwide.