The Story so Far;
During 2005 the Australian Steel Institute hosted an industry forum on Technology Integration in the steel industry. The industry sectors represented at the forum were steel distributors, fabricators, roll formers & detailers. Mincom was appointed as a business analyst to capture and report on the information from the primary forum as well as subsequent meetings held by each of the four industry sectors.
The driving force behind the forum was the steel distribution sector.
The steel distribution sector’s viewpoint in Queensland is that it has invested considerable resources into developing their equipment and processes to allow the up-take of world’s best practices and technology and are, in many instances, waiting for the rest of the industry to catch up.
Many detailing companies have taken steps to modernise their methods and software and some of this software is able to deliver the electronic data sought by distributors and rollformers. However, prevailing fabricator requirements do not include this data thus keeping detailing & distribution sectors at arms length. This all too often results in the technological advances made by the detailer and merchant being left to flounder on the rocks of market competition.