Swedish CAD/CAM supplier Tribon Solutions is to launch a £7.4m electronic marketplace for the shipbuilding industry.
It is due for launch in October this year, and is targeting many of the 4,000 component suppliers and 400 shipbuilding and repair yards worldwide, with an estimated procurement value exceeding £9bn.
Malmo-based Tribon supplies integrated CAD/CAM systems for more than 270 shipyards, accounting for about 40% of all ships built.
The company is developing an e-procurement marketplace for the industry, using Intentia’s Java-based Movex NextGen application software, which will run on a Sun Solaris Unix platform with an Oracle database.
Tribon marketing director Magnus Feldt said a pilot system is under way, offering on-line participation to selected shipyards in northern Europe.
Letters of intent have been signed by 30 companies. Tribon CAD/CAM software users include shipbuilders Daewoo, Harland and Woolf, Kvaerner-Masa and Chantier d’Atlantique.
`The new e-marketplace will enable shipyards to download details of components and equipment into CAD/CAM designs for new vessels in an online collaborative environment, and secure supplies direct and by reverse auction,’ said Feldt.
Several e-marketplaces offer e-procurement services to shipbuilding. Feldt claimed the Tribon.com portal will be more targeted. `The other e-marketplaces address general markets, whereas we are focused only on shipbuilding, where we have operated for over 25 years.’
Tribon.com will link suppliers and buyers in shipbuilding with a global database linked to a vertical business-to-business e-marketplace. `The aim is to speed up the search and order process for shipyards, enabling identification of the best component suppliers,’ said Feldt.
Swedish ERP company Intentia has been repositioning itself as a business to business e-collaboration supplier. Product manager Bjorn Torold said the new application will enable shipyards to work with suppliers using a global database, and common system.
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