Sustainability through innovative Financial Solutions




Europe, North America


AP Automation, SmartPDF AI Instant Learning


AI Transforms Financial Operations at Billerud

Billerud, a 150-year-old company, stands as a global leader in high-performance paper and packaging materials industry. Rooted in a commitment to sustainability, quality, and customer value, Billerud's products touch the lives of millions worldwide. With operations spanning ten production units across the United States, Sweden, and Finland, Billerud employs over 6,000 individuals and serves customers in more than 100 countries.

Key Takeways


PDF-invoices are now validated automatically


reduction of total invoice costs per month


reduction of PDF data extraction costs

Billerud's Challenges

Navigating complexity in pursuit of efficiency

The financial division at Billerud encountered some challenges as they tried to maintain flexible processes while creating a culture of continuous improvements. The recent merger with the US-based company, Verso, not only doubled their sales but also highlighted complexities from an IT standpoint, highlighting the necessity for improved processes that align with the company's future.

How Smart PDF AI Instant Learning reduced non-value activities for Billerud

As part of Billerud’s culture to always challenge the established practices and work on continuous improvements, the Finance team wanted to reduce the amount of time the Accounts Payable (AP) team allocated to non-value-added activities, such as the daily hours dedicated to manual invoice processing. It was at this point they considered using Basware’s Smart PDF AI Instant Learning solution which replaces outdated technologies like OCR, renowned for its low data quality results and high maintenance demands.

Leveraging AI and Machine Learning, Basware has modernized PDF invoice processing, ensuring faster and more accurate data extraction while requiring minimal validation. This solution processes PDF invoices, using deep learning, text extraction, and AI vision to extract and transform them into authentic e-invoices.

One of the factors contributing to the solution's rapid time-to-value is the removal of manual data capturing from the AP-team. Incoming PDF-invoices are of such good quality that the AP-team can allocate their time on more value-added tasks.

Since day one, we've perceived the desired values from the project. The quality of invoices has improved considerably, and the AI continues to evolve and improve with each passing day.

Jesper Persson, Business Developer at Billerud


Streamlining Billerud’s Financial Workflows

The SmartPDF project created positive results from day one improving Billerud’s efficiency and accuracy.

Jesper Persson shares some of the benefits reaped from SmartPDF AI Instant Learning: "Since day one, we've perceived the desired values from the project. The quality of invoices has improved considerably, and the AI continues to evolve and improve with each passing day."

Billerud has seen a substantial reduction of invoices needing validation. When they initially went live with the new solution, 15% of the invoices going through the system needed validation. 3 months later this figure has dropped to just 9% needing validation, demonstrating the ongoing AI learning capabilities of the solution. Over 90% of PDF invoices are now seamlessly validated automatically, underscoring the immediate value delivered by the SmartPDF solution.

Moreover, the quality of the data extracted from PDF invoices has increased, a significant improvement from the previous OCR solution. Billerud now exercises total control over the entire invoicing process, drastically reducing effort and enhancing operational efficiency.

The financial benefits are equally compelling. A remarkable 66% reduction in handling PDF invoice costs and a 25% decrease in total monthly costs demonstrate the tangible cost savings.

The efficiency gains we achieved translated directly into tangible cost savings, paving the way for a rapid return on investment within just a few months.
Jesper Persson, Business Developer at Billerud

A Paradigm Shift Towards Sustainable Efficiency

Billerud's adoption of Basware's SmartPDF AI Instant Learning represents a shift in its financial operations. By embracing cutting-edge technology and fostering a culture of continuous improvement, Billerud has elevated its efficiency, accuracy, and sustainability.

As Billerud continues its journey towards a sustainable future, the SmartPDF AI Instant Learning solution stands as a testament to the transformative power of innovation in driving organizational excellence.