Jabil enhances sustainable offerings for CPG customers
With of consumers actively choosing brands based on their environmental values, this figure only stands to increase as investments in sustainable solutions rise. Organisations that want to remain competitive in the future must look to look to adopt these methods or face being left behind.
is one such organisation driving sustainable solutions in its operations. In a recent announcement made by the global manufacturer, the company reported its acquisition of , a leading provider of sustainable packaging. In doing so Jabil stands to significantly enhance its sustainable packaging platform and offerings for its consumer packaged goods (CPG) customers.
“By fuelling Ecologic’s unique paper bottle technology with Jabil’s advanced manufacturing solutions and global scale, we aim to help all consumer brands dramatically reduce plastics in packaging worldwide. We’re thrilled to be adding a talented team, plus unique and innovative products that directly support our customer demands and Jabil’s enterprise sustainability goals,” commented Jason Paladino, senior vice president of Jabil and CEO of Jabil Packaging Solutions.
In acquiring Ecologic Brands, Jabil will gain access to the organisation's sustainable paper bottle solution to reduce plastic packaging and advance sustainability goals.
Ecologic Brands paper bottle solution
Ecologic Brands harnesses molded fiber technology to manufacture paper bottle shells that can “withstand the roughest supply chains.”
In the process recycled cardboard and newspaper are pulped into a slurry mix that is transferred to a forming station that applies heat and pressure to form the shells.
“I am so proud that our paper bottle was the world’s first breakthrough technology that helps solve the growing environmental challenges caused by plastic,” said Julie Corbett, founder and CEO of Ecologic Brands. “Our pioneering efforts created and validated market opportunity, and now, Jabil provides the ideal mix of global footprint, manufacturing excellence and a customer-first culture to fully pursue our vision of leadership.”
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.