This was the fourth time that the Group’s buyers were invited to the “purchasing power days” in Linz, to discuss important topics and trends in procurement and to strengthen mutual relationships through networking. Around 150 buyers from 17 countries accepted the invitation, meeting on June 22, 2017 at the voestalpine Stahlwelt.
Purchasing is an essential factor in achieving the voestalpine Group’s strategic goals. That makes it all the more important that buyers regularly meet and talk in order to recognize and implement potential synergies.
purchasing 4.0 meets industry 4.0
The motto of this year’s “purchasing power day” was “purchasing 4.0 meets industry 4.0”, picking up on a key issue that will play a significant role in the success and competitiveness of industrial enterprises, and which must also be considered in procurement: Industry 4.0, or digitalizing processes.
The opening speech was given by Franz Rotter, Head of the High Performance Metals Division and Chairman of the Purchasing Board, who talked about the challenges of Industry 4.0. Michael Eyett, Chief Procurement Officer at voestalpine AG and Chairman of the Purchasing Committee, spoke about the future direction for purchasing and compared this to the current situation.
"We must implement targeted measures now if we are to keep pace with advancing digitalization and achieve our goals. More than 240 buyers have already worked intensively on projects designed to ensure that we are ready to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0."