WALLDORF, Germany, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To build a foundation for sustainable growth, manufacturers must simultaneously ensure products are safe and compliant with complex, varied environmental regulations. Bringing together its cloud leadership and footprint with manufacturers worldwide, today SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) announced two new cloud-based sustainability solutions to help customers more easily handle these challenges. First, SAP® Product Stewardship Network allows manufacturers to collaborate with suppliers and collect detailed information about the substances that make up their products. Second, SAP introduced SAP® EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand, a content service to manage the often painstaking and expensive process of creating regulatory documentation.
"Connecting to our ecosystem in the cloud will reduce costs and increase productivity for our employees and supply chain partners," said Torger Trenner, environmental manager, The Weidmüller Group. "We create more than 40,000 distinct products and components for industrial connectivity and have a business presence in over 80 countries. We constantly get requests from customers for detailed product information. Our business relationships depend on getting the answer quickly and correctly. That's why we decided to help SAP's development of the product stewardship network. It will enable everyone in the supply chain to enter and maintain their own information. This will help us — and all participating companies worldwide — amass and provide the information needed much faster and more efficiently."
To comply with constantly evolving environmental regulations like Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances ( REACH) and Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (ROHS), companies need to know exactly what chemical substances are in the raw materials, components and products that they purchase from suppliers. They must also declare those substances and tell people how to handle them safely. SAP Product Stewardship Network and SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand help solve these problems. Both products leverage the power and flexibility of a hybrid cloud and on-premise model to collaborate, collect, analyze and disseminate product information from disparate sources.SAP Product Stewardship Network: Manufacturers and Suppliers Collaborate in the Cloud Aimed at discrete manufacturers, such as producers of electronic or medical equipment, SAP Product Stewardship Network allows customers to quickly work with suppliers in the cloud to make sure that banned substances are excluded from their products. For example, a high-tech company that wants to bring new products to market must ensure environmental compliance by assessing each component against a constantly growing list of regulated substances so they can be properly disclosed. This currently requires thousands of emails across the supply chain; it is still a manual, time-consuming process. Delays can result in loss of revenue and risk proper compliance.