Supply chains are the interconnected network of companies, people, activities and resources that transform raw materials into finished products and deliver them to the end-user.
In a nutshell:
- Supply chains are the network of companies, people, activities and resources that go into a finished product
- Maple’s supply chain includes material suppliers, specialist coaters, site equipment companies, and various other fabricators
- Maple monitors the performance of its supply chain to reduce the risk to projects
- We manage our supply chain from end to end, and collaborate with suppliers to comply with international standards and support our core values
Sounds straightforward. But in the architectural façade sector, it’s made more complicated by the fact that almost every building is different. What’s more, it involves teams of consultants, contractors and suppliers who might never have worked together before... and may never do so again.
It’s the reason supply chain management is so important, no matter where on the chain you find yourself.
Maple’s supply chain
As a specialist supplier and sub-contractor for façades, solar screening and rainscreen cladding, Maple often find ourselves towards the bottom end of the chain. Our supply chain includes material suppliers (aluminium and timber), anodisers and powder-coating specialists, site equipment and access companies, and various other fabricators.
Did you know?
Maple proactively manages our supply chain from end to end – including the factory where aluminium sheets are made.
Getting it right at our end can have huge benefits for the main contractors and, ultimately, for the success of the project.
That’s why we invest heavily in quality across all our business activities (ensuring they comply with international standards, such as ISO-9001) and support a collaborative approach to ensure key suppliers reflect our core values.
At a day-to-day level, we closely monitor the performance of our supply chain on things such as ‘quality issues raised’ and ‘on time and in full’, and feed the results into an overall score for each supplier.
It’s all designed to mitigate the challenges faced by supply chains today, such as material and labour shortages.
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