20 November 2007 | Paul Snell
The culture of the construction sector prevents improvements to supply chain collaboration.
The Strategic Forum, which includes representatives from six construction sector groups including the Construction Products Association and the Construction Industry Council, said an increasing number of bespoke contracts and a continued focus on the lowest price was harming collaboration between buyers and their supply chain in the sector.
These were the initial findings of the forum's task force on supply chain integration.
But Martin Nielsen, commercial director of consultancy Scott Wilson, also said there was a "weight of evidence" to show material benefits in every example of collaboration it had looked at.
Mike Davies, chairman of the forum, said in a statement: "The report has confirmed there is a strong business case for developing integrated teams and supply chains and provided some very persuasive case studies to support this. Therefore the priority is to encourage more people to engage in this way of working."
Davies added the group wanted more case studies from the sector where supply chain collaboration had been successful.