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March 15, 2024

Our software division Steel Projects celebrates its 30th anniversary!

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Steel Projects was founded in 1994 in Vienne (France), where its head office remains to this day. Since its first day in business, the company has been offering cutting-edge, innovative production management software solutions to steel fabricators. The company’s 30th Anniversary is an opportunity to look back at some of the milestones Steel Projects has achieved since it was founded.

The genesis of Steel Projects can be traced to the 1980s, when the concept took root within a steel fabrication company. It was by identifying a specific business need that the first software package was created, bringing together all the information needed to fabricate a part. A partnership was established with an Italian software editor to launch the first generation of software under the name “Tecno”. This was the start of the collaboration with the FICEP Group.

In 1994, Steel Projects formally emerged, introducing the“Win” software generation including WinSteel, WinSer, WinBar, WinNest, WinCN, and more, setting the stage for transformative advancements in the software industry for steel fabricator.

The 2000s intensified a deepening collaboration with the FICEP Group, marked by international expansion and the implementation of a combined machine and software sales strategy.

A pivotal moment arrived in 2008 when Steel Projects established its first foreign subsidiary in Canada, aligning with its ambitious global growth strategy.

In 2011, the company launched the Steel Projects PLM solution, the 3rd generation of Steel Projects software. This is an integrated, modular production management solution dedicated to the steel construction industry. It is currently the most comprehensive solution available to the various players in this sector. Its ergonomics are based on Microsoft standards.

The acquisition by the FICEP Group in 2013 marked a strategic moment as Steel Projects became part of FICEP “Intelligent Fabrication” strategy under the leadership of Mr. Didier Bonnet. Steel Projects becomes a business unit of the FICEP Group and is 100% owned by the Group.

Expanding its footprint, Steel Projects established its second foreign subsidiary in the United States in 2014, Steel Projects Corporation, in order to strengthen its presence in North America.

In 2017 Steel Projects launches its first mobile application to analyze the productivity of Ficep machines to meet a growing demand in industry which is the mobility in workshops. This first app will be followed by others with different functionalities (management of manual stations and real-time monitoring of workshop activity). This strategic shift reflects Steel Projects’ commitment to developing Industry 4.0-compatible solutions. This concept is now at the heart of the editor’s Research and Development strategy.

During 2019 as part of an external growth strategy, Steel Projects is acquiring Adatsteel software, which has a strong presence on the European market.

The year 2020 saw Steel Projects open an office in Italy, to improve its service for Italian customers.

By 2023, Steel Projects exceeds the threshold of 50 employees worldwide.

To consolidate its strong international presence, in 2024 Steel Projects opens its third foreign subsidiary in Malaysia. In addition to providing an ever-better service to its customers in the region, the company now covers a large number of time zones for its customer support.

Today, Steel Projects is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. This longevity testifies to the excellence of the solutions offered by the editor and the satisfaction they bring to its customers. Besides, it proves that Steel Projects is a reliable and solid partner with whom steel fabricators can consider long-term collaborations.

Finally, as part of its ongoing drive to offer its customers cutting-edge solutions, Steel Projects has launched its transition to the Cloud, with the availability of its solutions in web and SaaS mode planned for the future.

Steel Projects in figures:

  • Sales: Over €7,000,000 (2023).

  • Double-digit annual growth for over 10 years.

  • 52 employees (6 ongoing recruitments).

  • More than 2,500 customers in over 100 countries.

  • 3 international subsidiaries (Canada, USA and Malaysia) and one foreign office (Italy).

  • 14 nationalities in the team.

  • 6 languages spoken by team members.

  • More than 300 customer interventions per year.

  • Over 20% of sales invested in R&D.

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