Albéa maximizes efficiency and improves customer collaboration with WebCenter from Esko

Leading cosmetics packaging manufacturer embraces digitalization to deliver customer satisfaction and efficiency gains.

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The customer

Albéa, Gennevilliers, France

Albéa is the world's number one cosmetic packaging wholesaler, manufacturing packaging and beauty solutions from tubes and lipsticks to mascara, applicators and much more. As a beauty packaging supplier, Albéa serves both established, leading brands as well as those companies emerging into the market at national and international levels.

The company benefits from 31 manufacturing sites across 13 countries, as well as working with partner suppliers in other countries. Albéa has secured its worldwide client base and reputation through ensuring high-quality manufacturing, operational performance, high-level logistics monitoring and management of complex projects – as well as market-value innovation and a recognized commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Taking great pride in the fact that innovation is at the heart of its success, Albéa manufactures innovative products that offer better ergonomics, visual differentiation, affordable prices and fashionable design. The company also embraces innovation in its processes, developing new technologies and processes to set its packaging apart and make it effective, more competitive and more environmentally friendly. It does this while rising to its customers’ technical challenges and ensuring design objectives are met at the right cost.

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Testimonial

Digitalization makes it possible to rapidly increase production at various sites in different countries, and in some cases to make supplies more flexible and secure

Valérie Lebelt, New Product Launch Director with Albéa

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The challenge

Increasing flexibility without compromising efficiency

“The ever-changing demands of the consumer coupled with the competitiveness of the sector means that our customers are constantly seeking shorter lead-times and smaller order sizes,” said Valérie Lebelt, New Product Launch Director with Albéa. “With strategies that demand multiple launches, visual differentiation and meeting sustainability goals, the cosmetic tube market was already experiencing upheaval - and this has only been compounded during the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

“To address these increasing demands, Albéa is revolutionizing the development process for our leading products, embracing digital technology as a part of the solution to deliver increased flexibility,” said Valérie. “We recognized if we were to continue to meet our customers’ requests for agility, responsiveness, innovation and reliability, digital technology was the answer. Digitalization of our processes would make it possible to speed up certain technical stages while at the same time making them more reliable. It would also enable us to manage projects in a more collaborative way, and to ensure end-to-end transparency throughout the lifecycle of a project.

“Digitalization makes it possible to rapidly increase production at various sites in different countries, and in some cases to make supplies more flexible and secure,” added Valérie. “On a technical level, digital printing delivers many advantages in terms of speed of execution, agility and personalization, which is all very attractive. But we know that in practice, buying a digital press is not enough. The result can only be reliable if the upstream process is mastered, and that’s where working with Esko became so important.”

Testimonial

WebCenter delivered the ability to not only effectively manage our project portfolio, but to also deliver higher levels of efficiency, easier and constant prioritization and therefore optimal responsiveness to our customers

Valérie Lebelt, New Product Launch Director with Albéa

The solution

Collaborative, efficient, controlled prepress processes

“We worked closely with Esko to develop prepress tools as well as a collaborative platform to manage projects within our industrial facilities, across our various sites and also directly with our customers and their design agencies,” said Valérie. “Esko WebCenter delivered the ability to not only effectively manage our project portfolio, but to also deliver higher levels of efficiency, easier and constant prioritization and therefore optimal responsiveness to our customers.”

WebCenter is a powerful packaging management and collaboration platform that allows for companies of all sizes to digitize their processes and meet today’s challenges head on. The secure, web-based software has been tailored to help packaging converters meet the demands of a rapidly changing business environment.

Managing all aspects of preproduction specification, approval and project lifecycle to remove the most common bottlenecks in the packaging design to production process, WebCenter is the only solution on the market specifically developed for the packaging industry. The integrated approval process shows when an asset was sent for approval, who the approver is, and when it is approved, before the software then automatically and seamlessly triggers the next tasks – and all in real-time.

“The time to market factor is becoming increasingly important to our sector,” said Valérie. “Only a few years ago, the acceptable expectation was that the process could take around three months for a new product, but today the expectation is that we can deliver in just four-to-six weeks. With WebCenter, we are able to reduce our time to market while fully controlling the quality of execution of the project.”

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Testimonial

Only a few years ago, the acceptable expectation was that the process could take around three months for a new product, but today the expectation is that we can deliver in just four-to-six weeks. With WebCenter, we are able to reduce our time to market while fully controlling the quality of execution of the project

Valérie Lebelt, New Product Launch Director with Albéa

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The solution

Collaborative, efficient, controlled prepress processes

“We worked closely with Esko to develop prepress tools as well as a collaborative platform to manage projects within our industrial facilities, across our various sites and also directly with our customers and their design agencies,” said Valérie. “Esko WebCenter delivered the ability to not only effectively manage our project portfolio, but to also deliver higher levels of efficiency, easier and constant prioritization and therefore optimal responsiveness to our customers.”

WebCenter is a powerful packaging management and collaboration platform that allows for companies of all sizes to digitize their processes and meet today’s challenges head on. The secure, web-based software has been tailored to help packaging converters meet the demands of a rapidly changing business environment.

Managing all aspects of preproduction specification, approval and project lifecycle to remove the most common bottlenecks in the packaging design to production process, WebCenter is the only solution on the market specifically developed for the packaging industry. The integrated approval process shows when an asset was sent for approval, who the approver is, and when it is approved, before the software then automatically and seamlessly triggers the next tasks – and all in real-time.

“The time to market factor is becoming increasingly important to our sector,” said Valérie. “Only a few years ago, the acceptable expectation was that the process could take around three months for a new product, but today the expectation is that we can deliver in just four-to-six weeks. With WebCenter, we are able to reduce our time to market while fully controlling the quality of execution of the project.”

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