Positive developments in the construction sector during the corona crisis


OVERIJSSEL - 12Build, the most popular tender platform for the construction sector in the Netherlands, achieved the milestone of two million requests for quotation on 17 April 2020. “During this trying time, it is essential that main contractors and construction specialists can easily find each other,” says Erik Nieuwenhuis, owner of 12Build. “We work very hard to facilitate that every single day - and with success”


Significant growth

The company from Twente has undergone significant growth in recent years. The one millionth request for quotation was sent via 12Build barely three years ago. These days, more than 67% of the total revenue earned in the Dutch construction sector involves this tender platform. That means circa 1,396 requests for quotation are sent via the platform every single working day. In March and the first two weeks of April of this year, that number was even higher: circa 2,000 requests were sent every working day. That is remarkable, especially considering the unprecedented situation the world currently finds itself in. “It is great to see that our platform is used by so many people, even from home. Users do not need a VPN connection or access to Citrix; just a web browser,” Nieuwenhuis says.

With 12Build's cloud solution, main contractors can send out requests for quotation and manage their work documents with just a few clicks. They can easily find new relations in the database that contains millions of national and international construction specialists. Construction specialists, meanwhile, can use the platform to improve their company's visibility, e.g. by adding keywords, certificates and working areas to their company profile in this database. “This makes it easier to find the right construction specialists based on their expertise and allows us to facilitate a better balance between price and quality,” Nieuwenhuis explains. “Main contractors can easily find good, reliable partners. That is a win-win situation, especially now that the number of new projects might begin to stagnate.”


Corona and the future of the construction sector

To find out how the construction sector sees its own future during the corona crisis, 12Build recently sent out a survey to its clients. 29.4% of the main contractors indicated that they have thus far experienced little to no consequences as a result of the coronavirus or the measures that were imposed by the government. Just over half of the respondents (56.3%) even has a positive outlook on the future, provided that the measures are not in place for more than six months. Some respondents believe things will actually be better in the future, when the market is less crowded.

The main causes of uncertainty are the possible stagnation of projects and the potential financial damage suffered by clients, either because a project is halted altogether or because of reduced productivity due to a combination of supply issues, measures or illness.


About 12Build

12Build is the B2B tender platform for the construction sector. The cloud solution “Matchmaker” is used by more than 100,000 active users throughout Europe to request and send out quotations, share work documentation and BIM models and search for the ideal construction partners. Construction specialists looking to generate more revenue and growth use “12Build Promoter” to make it easier for potential clients to find them. In the Netherlands, 12Build users represent circa 75% of the total revenue earned in the construction sector.

Posted on 04/17/2020 by: 12Build

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