Net sales for the first quarter were $1.30 billion, an increase of $131.9 million, or 11.2 percent, from last year’s quarter. The improvement reflects an increase in sales added by acquisitions, the positive impact of foreign exchange, higher selling prices implemented to recover rising freight, wages and operating inflation, and modest volume growth. Gross profits were a record $250.6 million in the first quarter, an increase of $27.6 million or 12.4 percent, compared with $223.0 million in the same period in 2017. Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased to 19.2 percent, compared with 19.0 percent in the same period in 2017. The gross profit percentage increase was primarily due to manufacturing and procurement productivity mostly offsetting higher raw material and other operating costs. Click Read More below for additional information.
Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, has successfully started to deploy Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform in development and testing of packaging solutions at its Excellence Centre. With packaging simulation Metsä Board can notably speed up packaging development and reduce carbon footprint of packaging.
Simulation enables 85% faster development compared to the traditional way of making multiple tests with physical prototypes. Simulation technologies help manage the development of the entire product life cycle, from material selection to delivery. The new technology helps Metsä Board recommend optimal packaging materials as well as packaging structures to its customers.
“We wanted to accelerate our rate of innovation to help our customers – packaging manufacturers as well as brand owners – with optimal packaging solutions and reduce their carbon footprint. For example, box compression as well as drop tests can now be made in hours compared to several days or even weeks with traditional physical testing methods,” says Markku Leskelä, SVP Development, Metsä Board.
The state-of-the-art solution of Dassault Systèmes and their expertise from past engagements in the aerospace and automotive industry has helped deploy new technologies to the manufacturing of fibre-based packaging.