The digital transformation at Materials Services

  • On customers can order individual cuts based on CAD-files

  • The online processing shop is connected with a backend api for automated packaging, delivery and "track&trace" option

  • Additive Manufactirng introduces new possibilities for product design

  • The online shop materials4me targets small businesses and end users

Integrated strategy


As the lead company of the Materials Services business area we connect production and manufacturing - with materials, raw materials and services. With the digital transformation we strive for interconnectedness in daily business and collaboration. 

We are pursuing an integrated strategy. Key elements are the systematic optimization of what we already have and the progressive addition of e-commerce models. However, this is only one aspect of our strategy. Our integrated digitalization includes the complete supply chain - from supplier to customer. 

"Digitalization in materials distribution is not an option. Digitalization is essential to ensure we survive in the future in competition with new players." 

Hans-Josef Hoß, COO of Materials Services and responsible for the digital strategy of the business area.

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Flexible, tailored solutions

At the same time we want to respect and meet new and existing customer requirements. We offer our customers flexible and tailored solutions. The integration and collaboration with customers, partners & employees are key factors for success.

We embrace digitalization as a business strategy not just as an IT-strategy to not only meet but also exceed our customers' expectations.   

Previous events in 2017

Event: Hannover-Messe
Speaker: Hans-Josef Hoss on the digitalization of materials distribution
Date: April 24, 2017
Location: Hannover
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Event: VDI knowledge forum
Speaker: Hans-Josef Hoss on the importance of digitalization of materials distribution
Date: January 26, 2017
Location: Düsseldorf
More information: You can find the complete presentation "Digitalization of materials distribution: Shaping tomorrow's business" here for download. 


Digital Transformation @ Materials Services

Speech on digitalization by Hans-Josef Hoss, COO Materials Services business area, at the Management Conference 2016. 

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