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Corus wants more say in the design process

STEEL COMPANY Corus is pushing to work more closely with consulting engineers to improve design quality and increase its margins, construction director Graham Hillier said this week.

By getting involved in the design process, Corus believes it will be able to ensure its components are used more efficiently.

The Anglo-Dutch giant also wants to increase the use of its off the peg construction systems. Most of its business at present involves supplying discrete components.

In particular, it wants to persuade engineers to take up systems it has been pioneering in the rail, domestic and energy sectors. It hopes to develop other systems for the commercial building and civil engineering sectors.

'Rather than advising, we are aiming to work with designers.

Our aim is to help them design better with our materials.

'We are not going into competition with consulting engineers but shifting our position to help the supply chain work better, ' Hillier said.

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