Billy Kingsbury, CEO at thyssenkrupp Materials UK
With our wide-ranging expertise and in-house developed digital tools, we can help our customers with forecasting, which is becoming increasingly important with the extended lead times, and we can also assure a consistent supply for our supply chain network.
thyssenkrupp Materials (UK) Ltd is a part of the global thyssenkrupp Materials Services segment, which has adopted the new strategic path – “Materials as a Service”. With 9 strategically-situated sites across the UK, we have integrated the “Materials as a Service” strategy and are able to offer value-added services with quick and efficient lead times throughout the country to meet specific customer demands. Our integrated transportation network facilitates a highly responsive and reliable delivery service.
Over the past two years, the “Materials as a Service” strategy has been embedded into our vision and backed up with numerous capability investments as well as the opening of a new dedicated site for fabrications. Instead of being seen just as a material supplier, we are now the trusted partner of choice of leading manufacturers to support their supply chain and production – from process development and optimisation and first stage CNC machining to delivering custom-cut finished parts and managing subcontractor network and logistics.
The “Materials as a Service” strategy offers several benefits for both you, as the customer, and us, as the supplier. For customers, it provides greater flexibility and cost savings since we have extensive in-house capabilities and continuously deliver process efficiencies. It also allows customers to quickly adjust their material and service needs as their projects evolve. With our specialist teams, with years of experience in supply chain management, we can be the one stop shop for all your material and service needs. With the one stop shop “Materials as a Service” offering, we are the bridge between the mill and final parts and products.
For us, “Materials as a Service” enables us to have the ability to better manage material inventory and production processes, and form partnerships with our customers. As the largest material supplier in Western Europe, we also offer unmatched intelligence for demand planning and forecasting, which allows for close collaboration between us and the customers to develop accurate estimates of material demand to ensure on time delivery and short lead times. This also allows us to develop methods, jointly with our customers, to offer much more sustainable products and processes that make a great difference to the environment, business growth and local communities.
No matter the process - quality is in everything we do. We have also achieved several ISO Accreditations that are present and regularly reviewed within our business. All our sites, including offices, are ISO 9001 certified for quality management systems. We hold ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 at all our manufacturing and warehousing premises and additionally, we have obtained AS9100 and AS9120 to be the supplier of choice to the aerospace and automotive sectors.