Paper-industry Companies Tap ForestExpress

MeadWestvaco creating refined product data; Georgia-Pacific, Weyerhaeuser sign up for EDI

Atlanta  February 25, 2003  MeadWestvaco is set to use a catalog content processing solution from ForestExpress to aggregate product data from diverse sources, leverage a single master repository and electronically share product information with a variety of partners and customers.

Also this week, it was announced that paper products giants Georgia-Pacific and Weyerhaeuser have signed up to use electronic data interchanges services from ForestExpress, which provides B2B integration and catalog content services for the forest products and allied industries.

MeadWestvaco Corporation, headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with annual sales of approximately $8 billion, is a leading global producer of packaging, coated and specialty papers, consumer and office products and specialty chemicals. The company operates in 33 countries, serves customers in approximately 100 nations and employs about 30,000 people worldwide.

The MeadWestvaco Papers Group intends to share its enriched product information with its entire customer base in a variety of forms, including stock and price lists, marketing bulletins and data formats for e-commerce. ForestExpress says its solution will allow MeadWestvaco to efficiently prepare product data and ready it for use in diverse e-commerce applications.

"MeadWestvaco is committed to becoming a fully integrated business partner, providing a variety of tools [that] will enable our customers to transact business with MeadWestvaco in a much more efficient and effective manner," said Ted Hill, director of e-business strategy for MeadWestvaco's Papers Group. "By choosing the ForestExpress catalog content solution we are able to share our product information with customers in a format [that] best suits their business needs while eliminating the need for MeadWestvaco to maintain multiple versions of the same information."

Meanwhile, Weyerhaeuser and Georgia-Pacific have joined International Paper in using the ForestExpress network to exchange information with their trading partners via electronic data interchange (EDI).

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's top manufacturers of tissue, packaging, paper, building products, pulp and related chemicals, with 2002 sales of more than $23 billion and approximately 65,000 employees at 400 locations in North America and Europe.

Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser, a top integrated forest products companies, had 2001 sales of $14.5 billion, with offices or operations in 18 countries.

Both companies are transitioning established EDI traffic to ForestExpress, which recently upgraded its offering by forming a strategic partnership with Sterling Commerce, a pioneer in EDI and a specialist in business integration.

This transition will give both Weyerhaeuser and Georgia-Pacific options to take advantage of a variety of connectivity options that ForestExpress offers, including XML-based integration.

"ForestExpress is providing the range of B2B integration solutions we need," said Chris Vike, director of e-business at Weyerhaeuser. "Our transition to their network is underway in earnest, the execution has been solid, and we anticipate directing even more traffic to ForestExpress in the near future."

Kelly Hinson, of Georgia-Pacific's commerce services, said that her company has already seen cost savings by moving to ForestExpress.