BE Group is a trading and service company in the steel and metal industry. Customers mainly operate in the manufacturing and construction industries in Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States, where BE Group is one of the market’s leading actors.
With extensive expertise and efficient processes in purchasing, logistics and production, BE Group offers inventory sales, production service and direct deliveries to customers based on their specific needs for steel and metal products.
BE Group has approximately 700 employees and sales of SEK 4.3 billion in 2017.
The head office is located in Malmö, Sweden.
BE Group has around ten sites in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic.
For many years, BE Group has been one of the leading actors in Sweden and Finland which are the company’s main markets. Together with the well-established operations in the Baltics and the production-oriented operations in Poland and the Czech Republic, this means that BE Group can customize solutions where selected sites contribute in various ways to create the best possible offering. For customers who have or are planning operations in several countries, BE Group’s international organization with a presence in various European markets is a clear competitive advantage.
BE Group´s customer base can be divided into two main segments: the construction industry and the manufacturing industry. By dividing the customers in different segments, we can more efficiently adjust our offering for the customers different needs and conditions.
The construction industry has four subsegments:
- Steel structure suppliers with a need for beams, construction tubes, bars and heavy plates. The steel is often cut to length, drilled or primed.
- Regional construction companies with a need for reinforcing products, steel for foundations and construction steel.
- Nationwide building enterprises with a need for reinforcing products, steel for foundations and construction steel.
- Building material chains, which consists of building material retailers and steel resellers, with a need for mainly reinforcement but also construction steel.
In the manufacturing industry, there are three subsegments that all largely buy from BE Group’s whole product range:
- Subcontractors, subsuppliers, mechanic workshops and businesses with project-oriented service and maintenance to for example the process industry.
- Local and regional steel resellers.
- OEM customers (Original Equipment Manufacturer), industrial companies with manufacturing of products under their own brand.
BE Group´s product range comprises a large number of products that meet the customers´ material needs and it is constantly developing according to their needs.
Long steel products
Long steel products include beams, hollow sections, bars and tubes. Long products are used in every construction imaginable, such as steel framework, trusses, bridges, vehicles and machines.
Flat steel products
Flat steel products are represented by plates and sheets in various forms, including hot-rolled, cold-rolled or metal-coated. Plates is a base product in the manufacturing industry and is used, for example, in construction, automotive, machining and process industry.
The assortment includes reinforce-ment steel and reinforcement mesh, products that are used to reinforce concrete and thereby increase the concrete’s strength and prevent fracturing in buildings and infrastructure.
Engineering steel, such as rods and hollow cast blanks, are used when there is a need for materials with improved cutting characteristics, higher strength, hardenability or durability. Engineering steel is used in the engineering industry, among other things, for machine parts, axles, cog wheels and hydraulic products.
The stainless steel assortment includes plates, sheets, bars, tubes and tube parts. Stainless steel, which is resistant to corrosion thanks to being alloyed with chrome, is used in everything from demanding constructions in the construction, machining, medical and process industry to kitchen furnishings, cutlery, tools and razor blades.
The aluminium range comprises plates, sheets, profiles, bars and tubes. BE Group delivers to subcontractors and OEMs that work with signs, road signs and construction or in the aviation, automotive and packaging industries.
BE Group offers production service of steel, stainless steel and aluminium with production resources in cutting, drilling, slitting, thermal cutting, blasting and painting.
Our production service offering comprises various processes in which we process steel and other metals to meet customers’ specific requirements.
Material advice, logistics solutions and IT services
BE Group also offers material advice, logistics solutions and timesaving IT services that include web-based e-commerce, EDI, digital notifications and electronic invoices.
BE Group’s sales to customers take place in three different ways: Inventory sales, production service sales and direct sales.
|Inventory sales 43% (45)||43|
|Production service sales 43% (43)||43|
|Direct sales 14% (12)||14|
Inventory sales mean that BE Group sells and distributes materials from its own warehouses and ensures the customer’s material flow by the products being delivered in the quantities and at the times that suit the customer’s needs.
The products are often delivered to the customer’s manufacturing unit, construction site or warehouse already the day after the order. By stocking a broad product range, BE Group can offer the customers a high level of service at competitive prices. The key is in efficient inventory management and planning.
In 2017, the inventory sales accounted for 43 percent (45) of the Group’s sales.
Production service sales
Production service sales comprise customer solutions where BE Group stands for everything from the purchasing of raw product to customised processing of the product and logistics optimized to the customer’s operations.
BE Group refines the products through, for example, cutting, drilling, slitting, thermal cutting or surface treatment according to customer specifications. BE Group also has the ability to use the material in an efficient manner, which means that there is less waste. Through the Company’s logistics expertise, the customer also gets more efficient transports, leading to lower environmental impact. By BE Group taking care of all or part of the material processing, the customer can focus on its core business. The Company offers competitive services in production service as well as complementary services.
In 2017, the production service sales accounted for a total of 43 percent (43) of the Group’s sales.
Direct sales mean that BE Group sells and delivers large volumes of materials to customers directly from the production of the steel and aluminium mills.
BE Group will find the right product with the right quality and the right price on behalf of the customer. The Company can do this through its presence in key producer markets, an efficient purchasing organization and a size that provides negotiating power in relation to the producers.
In 2017, the direct sales accounted for a total of 14 percent (12) of the Group’s sales.
BE Group´s organization is divided into the two businesses Production and Distribution. This means that BE Group can better adapt the offering to the customers’ needs. In the production business, this means greater focus on “just-in-time” deliveries and improved efficiency for the customers’ production, and in the distribution business, it means becoming even better at delivering the right products at the right time based on a relevant offering and efficient inventory management.
The organization consists of two business areas: Sweden & Poland and Finland & Baltics.
BUSINESS AREA SWEDEN & POLAND
This business area consists of the business units Distribution Sweden, Production Sweden & Poland and Lecor Stålteknik (prefabricated steel constructions for building and industrial projects). BE Group also owns 50 percent of the company ArcelorMittal BE Group SSC AB, a steel service center where thin plates are cut and slit.
BUSINESS AREA FINLAND & BALTICS
This business area consists of the business units Distribution Finland, Distribution Baltics and Production Finland.