Case Study

Product catalogue processing time reduced by 60%

Sigma-Aldrich (now Millipore-Sigma) wanted to rethink and reengineer their publishing process to improve quality, accuracy, and efficiency

Case Study

Sigma-Aldrich (now Millipore-Sigma) had over 170,000 products sold via ecommerce and printed catalogs across several brands, in multiple languages and currencies.

They therefore needed a solution that enhance collaboration, reduced costs and sped up production cycles while maintaining a high degree of quality assurance throughout their publishing process.

The company built a four-tier strategy for product information:

  • Allow for multiple and dynamic page layouts

In order to meet the demands of the dynamic publishing requirements and an increasing content load, GPSL applied a web publishing workflow to a print environment.

The system married standard CSS with large content files to produce printed catalogs and newsletters. This provided the flexibility to build stylesheets as needed by allowing designers to create and update layouts for each brand and applying them to content sources exceeding 50,000 products.

  • Dynamic page layout & formatting
  • Reduced catalog processing time by 60%
  • Reduced page production time by 50%
  • Throughput for catalogs increased by more than 200%

  • Standard web publishing practices & technologies
  • Arbortext Advanced Print Publisher

Millipore-Sigma provide scientists and engineers with best-in-class lab materials, technologies and services. With the 2015 combination of EMD Millipore and Sigma-Aldrich, they now have a broad portfolio of 300,000 products and an expanded global footprint.


Millipore-Sigma sells approximately 300,000 products via e-commerce and printed catalogs & newsletters across several brands.


Chemical & Life Sciences


Located in St. Louis Missouri USA & operating globally