INTECO Group is the world´s market leader in the area of secondary and special metallurgy.
Companies, within the steel industry, all over the world trust the facilities and products of INTECO, while they place their confidence in ASTRAS. INTECO leverages an integrated solution of complete quotes/bidding (RFQ and more) and comprehensive Supplier Relationship Management (SRM). The focus of requests for quotes ranges from exchange of simple documents for RFIs through comprehensive specifications, complex inquiries and submission of integrated quotes.
The following is an excerpt from an interview with INTECO’s Director of Purchasing, Ahmed Farid:
INTECO Director of Purchasing
How would you describe the initial situation for the establishment of ASTRAS in the company?
“Our intention of an increase of suppliers would better be carried out with a web-based tool, for the large number of suppliers could be generated. It was also determined that ASTRAS can enable audit-proof exchanges of documents, simultaneity and with great transparency in the bidding structure. Moreover, with ASTRAS the costly comparisons, or evaluations, with Excel tables could be thrown away.”
What makes Allocation Network and their products different?
“Access speed of ASTRAS and response times; Handling by ASTRAS – especially the look and feel; Flexibility in development.”
How did you feel about the process of project execution with Allocation?
“We were very satisfied with the project execution. Especially the swiftness of implementation must be emphasized. I also want to mention the strategic exchange, particularly during the project execution by Allocation.”
How soon would the investments for e-sourcing be amortized?
“Generally the costs would be amortized through the quality improvement in the quote process. The purchasing prices can be optimized with the large number of quotes.”
In which further direction should the project run?
“The supplier management will be further expanded, especially for the supplier assessment. INTECO is considering the employ of a supplier account manager who would promote quality experience. Furthermore, the interface from PDM-system into ASTRAS is being considered.”