The inaugural Build Conference took place at the Dublin Convention Centre on June 4-5th this year. Organised by EDIN, the European Building Materials & Industry Network, the two-day forum saw over 150 delegates from the building materials sector come together to “Navigate the future of the building industry”.
Delegates comprised senior executives and key decision makers from building materials
distributors, builders merchant chains, buying groups and manufacturers worldwide, who
congregated for a discussion on the latest trends and future evolutions of the building industry and building materials trade.
The main topic of the Build Forum was “Engineering the Next-Gen Supply Chain”, and the two days included key discussions and keynote speakers who gave their insights on the future of the building industry, of builders’ merchants and of the rise of the digital marketplace.
Day One covered a market overview with contributions from Patrick Atkinson, CEO of Grafton Merchanting ROI (pictured below), who covered the future of Merchanting in Ireland. Patrick also was part of a panel discussion on “The New Role of Builders’ Merchants”. Other panellists included Howard Luft from Selco and Andy Scothern from
Day Two covered The Rise of the Digital Marketplace, with particular focus on construction technology. BIM and B2B Commerce were explored as rising trends in the industry and something that needs more attention from Merchants.