The traditional function of fine distribution and thus the Proﬁl of a wholesaler continues to be the core of our business processes: the requirements of a customer group that is regionally structured or segmented according to market criteria are bundled and thus the critical mass rises to a level that enables our orders to be placed directly in the steelworks.
Whereas in the past the products were stored temporarily at the consumer's site in the form of long goods, for example, and only finished at deﬁ nitiven Verbrauch, the backward integration of finishing to the steel trade has already established itself. Instead of the delivery of bars in bundles, the delivery of cut-to-length pieces, for example, takes place in pallets.
This additional service arose from the just-in-time need in the materials management of the processing industry and it is obvious that - in the spirit of further focusing on core competencies - further auxiliary and preparatory operations will be backwardly integrated.
Today, modern steel trading companies such as Brütsch/Rüegger Metals, which are oriented towards the end consumer, offer various prefabrication operations.