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TEAMKAL 98 - 'The Challenge of Change'

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This year's conference for Hoogovens-approved installers - the teamkal network - and also for the company's key suppliers, will be held in October

Through key speakers and a series of workshop sessions, delegates will look closely at the report of the Construction Task Force, 'Re-thinking Construction', and they will consider the implications of the report for the industry as a whole, as well as looking at how it will affect their individual businesses.

During the course of the conference, Hoogovens will be launching an important initiative which has been designed to enable both contractors and suppliers to implement the recommendations of the report and establish mechanisms for measuring progress and performance. As a manufacturer, Hoogovens feels strongly that it has a responsibility to ensure that the products and systems that it manufactures are correctly installed on site, and that the completed structure will offer a guaranteed standard of performance during its lifespan.

Hoogovens is also keen to encourage its contractors and suppliers to work with the company to explore new ways of approaching projects - working with the design team to surmount the difficulties posed by complex interfaces, looking at new methods of assembly and manufacture, etc.

Delegates will be invited to commit their companies to participation in the initiative before the end of the conference and thus accept 'The Challenge of Change'.

'We are issuing a challenge to the construction industry to commit itself to change so that, working together, we can create a modern industry, ready to face the new millennium' - 'Rethinking Construction', July 1998.

The initiative TEAM-TASK2000 has been prepared for submission to the DETR as an Egan Demonstration Project. The progress of the initiative will be fully documented during the next 18 months, and its achievements will be reported early in 2000.

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