Target Cost Exercise in Paper Plant

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Target Cost Exercise in Paper Plant

Shank & Fisher (1999) gave an example of application of  target costing in the case of Montclair Paper Mill  abd showed how the target costing principle could be applied even at a later stage of the product life cycle. The situation of Montclair Mill was gloomy. The mill was making $700 loss per every ton of paper sold. The management believed that the standard cost of $2900 per ton was thought to be based on a solid analysis and was taken for granted.

The target costing gave a target of $1162 per ton, which equals a 60% cost reduction. The management accepted the challenge, and after rigorous analysis, four major reductions were accomplished:

   1.       Fiber cost: 60% cost reduction.
   2.       Paper machine cost: Yield from 47% -> 75%.    3.       Dye costs: material savings of $250 per ton incorporated in the yield improvement at the paper machine resulted in an amazing $769 reduction per ton.    4.       Conversion costs: Based on benchmarking, a reduction from $303 to $150 was challenged with the risk of possible outsourcing. During 18 moths, the cost dropped to $240, and the continuous improvement seemed to gain even more.

Together, these produced the desired level of costing and a dramatic turnaround in the mind set. (Shank & Fisher 1999.)


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Dan MacLeod,
Anita Morris, Ergonomics Coordinator, Crane & Co., Dalton, Massachusetts.

Original publication: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, September, 1996.

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Volume 45 Issue 10, Pages 15 - 20, Published Online: 1 Nov 2006

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