Mumbai, March 10,2021: Piramal Glass, Asia’s largest speciality glass manufacturer, has launched its first cross-border trade digitisation programme using blockchain. The company is prioritising the technology in 2021 as a means of unlocking hidden margins and efficiency through digital automation. The team partnered with enterprise blockchain platform, #dltledgers, a leading fintech operating out of Singapore and India.
The first phase of this project had four main objectives: to validate the production use of blockchain in Piramal Glass’ supply chain and export operations; to increase transparency while protecting sensitive data and customer integrity; to understand if the technology could enable multiple stakeholders to collaborate on initiatives, such as sustainability; and to establish if blockchain delivers business value in terms of efficiency improvement and ease of use.
The Piramal Glass project may signal for India what is already happening elsewhere around the world – the rising penetration of blockchain in enterprise applications. For years, blockchain was criticized for failing to deliver on its initial business promise. 2020, however, appears to have been a pivotal year. As Deloitte’s 2020 global blockchain survey concluded: “leaders no longer consider the technology ground-breaking and merely promising – they now see it as integral to organisational innovation.”
India has yet to see the exponential rise in blockchain adoption that is being witnessed elsewhere globally, but with organisations like Piramal Group starting to move, this may be about to change. The Piramal Glass project will now progress into its next phase. Focusing on driving visibility and efficiency, the objective will be to streamline supply chain processes throughout the company’s global manufacturing operations, and to build out the company’s private, digital network of suppliers and buyers. The #dltledgers platform will have seamless connectivity with Piramal’s existing SAP systems, and will enable export and import digitisation with multiple, global suppliers and buyers simultaneously. As the project proceeds, it will expand into more supply chain product flows, new areas like sustainability tracking, and tackle processes that depend on time-sensitive document transfer, IP security, and authenticity.
Says Vijay Shah, Vice Chairman of Piramal Glass: “Piramal Glass is transforming into a digitally-enabled business. The board is aligning digital initiatives with the company’s organizational strategy. Our customers and vendors are key to our business, so secrecy, privacy, and protecting the Intellectual Property of our stakeholders is of paramount importance. We see blockchain technology is an integral part of our ability to achieve this going forward”.
Adds Sudip Mazumder, Global Chief Digital & Information Officer at Piramal Glass Ltd: “The most obvious benefits were the increased level of transparency and auditability between stakeholders in the supply chain, as well as a reduction in manual processes. We were also pleasantly surprised to find that the platform created a sense of urgency, speeding up key business processes, improving collaboration, and even increasing confidence among customers”.