Embracing offsite manufacture and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) is becoming a strategic priority for many businesses. As the largest regional builder in the UK, Kier’s use of MMC spans multiple sectors and geographical locations, and they see the supply chain partners they work with as integral to the success of their business.
To make it as easy as possible for organisations to choose offsite, and to showcase the diverse range of MMC manufacturers across the UK, Kier has partnered with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to develop a new database specifically for MMC manufacturers.
The new database forms a highly visual interactive map, colour coded to reflect the full spectrum of MMC technologies available and is fully searchable, making it quick and easy to find a manufacturers’ details for a project via the geographical location of their factories. Over 160 manufacturers have already signed up to be included.
“Through our behavioural change initiative at Kier, The Choice Factory, we are constantly looking for new ways in which to make offsite manufacture and MMC more accessible for our colleagues, clients and supply chain. As a team, we are often asked which manufacturers to approach when considering adopting a specific offsite methodology for a new scheme, so we wanted to come up with a dynamic way of communicating this information, as well as making it open and accessible in order to benefit the wider industry.” – Elizabeth Cook, Kier Strategic Projects.
Increasingly, clients are setting ambitious sustainability targets. Kier has therefore added fields to promote supplier’s sustainability credentials, helping to bring responsible procurement to the forefront of initial selection criteria.
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