The new year is still young and we are ready to conquer 2020 at full speed. The bar is high, as in 2019 we celebrated numerous successes, overcame hurdles and made enormous progress. Here is a brief review now that we are starting the new year with our combined forces and big goals in mind.
The first time at GIFA in Düsseldorf
The International Foundry Trade Fair (GIFA) is held annually in our hometown Dusseldorf - and this year we participated actively as exhibitors for the first time. It was an exciting week during which we as a team grew even closer together and established valuable customer relationships. Of course, we also participated in many subject-specific event afterwards, such as the LME Week in London or the International Ferroalloys Conference (IFA) in Budapest where our Co-founder Frank Jackel held a keynote on“The Power of Data”. You can watch the complete presentation in this video:
100 million euro GMV
The word that perfectly describes our year 2019 is growth - in terms of our product, our KPIs and of course our team! We were able to triple the number of transactions on our platform and generated a transaction volume of 100 million euro. Meanwhile, our marketplace is available in 8 languages and is used by more than 600 companies from 66 countries. With new features such as the possibility of long-term contracts and the option for multiple deliveries, we were able to offer our users even greater added value through efficiency and cost reduction. In December we also celebrated our second marketplace anniversary. We are live now for two years without a single technical failure - so here's a toast to our excellent IT!
Growing team power
With so much positive development it is not surprising that our team has also grown considerably and has more than doubled: While in January 10 team members were working for our vision, we grew out of our office twice in the following months and had to move into bigger ones. In our new office, there are now 23 people from 10 different nationalities who work together in order to create the global leading metal marketplace of the future - and what could be a better place to do this than at our new address „Platz der Ideen“!
Our Core Values
A successful team follows the same goals and shares the same values. For this reason, we took two days off this year, packed our sports gear and went to the Sauerland together. After an interesting tour through the Gontermann-Peipers foundry and before a sporty canoe trip on the river Diemel, we held a workshop to ask ourselves where we want to go, what our common goals are and which values we emphasise in our daily collaboration - internally as well as externally with our customers. This is where we defined our core values that have since become an integral part of our culture and are lived even more consciously: team spirit, ambition, honesty, innovation and passion.
New website and career page
If you want to learn more about our values and teamwork, you should take a look at our new website and the brand new career page. By the way: We are still looking for motivated team players who want to participate in our mission for success!
We were already successfull in adding a new top talent to our talent development program: Our Metalshub-Baby 2019, the cute son of our developer!
With all these good news, successes and exciting projects, we are more than ready to continue giving our best this new year. Thanks to all our supporters, users and the fabulous team - Let's get started for 2020!