More and more steel producers are increasingly focusing on their core business. They want to produce steel, not repair machinery and equipment. The motivation behind this is obvious: the aim is to stabilize and expand volatile margins in the steel industry. In addition, many steel manufacturers are affected by an increasing shortage of skilled workers. Long-serving experts are retiring, fewer young employees are taking their place, and those who do tend to stay with the same employer for less time. It becomes clear that many of our customers are increasingly outsourcing peripheral functions and tasks. When doing so, it is important to find a partner you can rely on. Expertise is just as important as proximity and commitment.
The services of the SMS group stand for partnership. With our 5000 experts, we are always close to our customers. At our more than 60 service locations, we have the competencies needed to act as a reliable partner for important tasks ranging from spare parts logistics and maintenance to extensive modernization and on-site services. In combination with innovative as-a-service business models or performance-based partnerships, SMS group thus becomes a partner that is available throughout the entire life cycle of a plant. Our customers benefit from our many years of expertise and can fully concentrate on their core competencies. As a consequence, this leads to less unplanned downtime, lower CAPEX expenses and more stable operating margins.