Panel builders currently face three principal issues:• Struggling with time and resource pressures, delivering products to very tight timescales.• Dealing with multiple component suppliers, impacting procurement and delivery management.• High levels of competition, which is driving business margins down.Panel builders say that the competitive nature of the business is often exploited by OEMs, with tenders put out to two or three firms. Responses will be required within a day or so and there is a general desire to drive costs down. Despite end users knowing years in advance when a plant will be built, a common complaint among panel builders is they are often consulted very late on in the design and build phase. Dealing with sudden or frequent design changes is another common challenge. These factors mean that flexibility and ease of modification of the panel are highly desirable.
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