Case: aalborg portland

By implementing and using a supply chain simulation solution from Integrate Aalborg Portland A/S has gained new and improved opportunities for optimization of their ship operations between silos in Europe. Amongst other the supply simulation solution has provided Aalborg Portland with:

  • A tool for analysing and evaluating the utilization rate of their fleet
  • Quantification and qualification of various scenarios regarding ship and silo operations
  • Opportunities for assessment of consequences when changing their supply chain

Aalborg Portland is Denmark’s only cement manufacturer. The factory in Aalborg excellences by having easy access to raw materials as clay and chalk, and by having an ideal geographic location for ship transport. Aalborg Portland is a market leader in Denmark and has an expanding export market; Aalborg Portland is the world largest exporter of white cement. Aalborg Portland delivers cement for 70 markets and has built a net of silos in the Northern part of Europe which is approached in bulks from Aalborg.
Logistic manager in Aalborg Portland explains that the simulation solution “is a strong tool for comparison and test of consequences in their ship and silo logistics. It is fast to get an overview over, what changes in e.g. ship capacity implies for the overall ship operations”.

Integrate has provided a simulation solution for Aalborg Portland which includes their siloes and ships in the North/vest Europe. Aalborg Portland has with the solution from Integrate gained new opportunities for evaluating the overall delivery performance and overall costs, because the dynamic relationships between demand, silo capacity and ship capacity is built into the simulation solution. Further, Aalborg Portland has gained opportunities for testing the robustness of their supply chain; the supply chain solution helps Aalborg Portland identifying the critical elements in the overall supply chain. The simulation solution is thus a significant decision support tool in Aalborg Portland’s existing and future supply chain and the operation of it. Aalborg Portland also uses the simulation solution as a decision support tool in their budget planning, because it is fast and also more convening to get an overview of the consequences of changes, since the total costs pr. Ton, pr. Ship and pr. Destination can be evaluated. Aalborg Portland now also has the opportunity to make experiments with different control settings at the silos, thus Aalborg Portland can optimise the shipping between the silos meanwhile the high delivery reliability is maintained.