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Top 5 Countdown – The Best of MRO Supplies and Services Vendors

Any company’s job is not all done after the purchase of an equipment, plant, machinery, or such assets. In fact, it’s a whole new challenge to keep such assets up and running. This is where the importance of MRO supplies gets highlighted. The field of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) is vast and comprises of multiple products and services. Technically, MRO services include functional checks, repairs, servicing, replacement, residential installations, supporting utilities in industrial installations, infrastructure building, and machinery building. In some domains like aircraft management, MRO services also include the supply of spare parts, raw materials, accessories, adhesives, sealants, consumables, and coatings for aircraft maintenance at the utilization SE_Demo2stage. So, who are the top suppliers of such MRO products and services?

Top MRO supplies and services providers


Sonepar is an independent family-owned company and a global leader in the B2B distribution of electrical products and related services. Founded in 1969 by Henri Coisne, Sonepar operates through 345 entities spread across 2,800 branches globally. The company saw an increment in revenues for the year 2016 by earning 20.6 billion Euros, which can be attributed to the growing applications for electrical equipment, need for new services, and rapidly changing product technologies. Wiring devices, HVAC, distribution transformers, home automation, industrial automation, and VDI and some of the key product and services offered by this MRO supplies and service provider.

Top MRO Supplies and Services ProviderFerguson plc

Ferguson plc formerly known as Wolseley is the world’s largest distributor of plumbing and heating products. The MRO service provider has a broad customer base that comprises 60,000 suppliers and 1.1 million consumers worldwide. The company sells its product under a different brand name including Center, Raptor, Jet Range, Center Rad, and Nabis. The company has operational units spread across the US, Canada, the Nordic region, Central Europe, the UK, and France. Ferguson plc offers a wide range of MRO supplies including boilers, radiators, pipe systems, drainage systems, cooling systems, and commercial plumbing.


Rexel is a French group founded in 1967 and is a global distributor specializing in products and services to the energy sector. The company distributes MRO supplies and services in the areas of technical supply, automation, and energy management. This MRO services provider offers its products to commercial, industrial, and residential sector with the majority of its revenue incoming from the commercial sector. Their MRO supplies include lighting, climate control, security, photovoltaics, EVs, and home automation products and solutions. The company boasts over one million products in its portfolio with operations spread across 2,100 branches globally.

Wurth Group

The Wurth Group is considered a leading vendor and a worldwide wholesaler of dowels, fasteners, screws and screw accessories, tools, machines, and installation materials. With a global customer base of over three million people, the company offers more than 125,000 products. The company provides a diverse range of products and services including chemical and technical products for maintenance, servicing and bodywork, tools for pneumatic and electric machines, rapid assembly systems, and fastening materials and sealing technology.

W. W. Grainger

W.W. Grainger is one of the Fortune 500 industrial supply company and also the oldest provider of MRO supplies. The company serves over three million customers through a network of 598 branches and 33 distribution centers. Their MRO services portfolio includes safety, facility, energy, lighting, mid-stream utility, and after-hours emergency services. In the US alone, the company boasts an impressive portfolio of over one million products serving over 7,000 brands.

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Supplier Profiling, Procurement Best Practices, and Price Monitoring for MRO Services

SpendEdge’s recent procurement intelligence study on maintenance, repairs, operations (MRO) services helps companies in the manufacturing sector to streamline its sourcing and procurement activities and improve their overall position in the market.

Demand trends in the MRO services industry

MRO services offered in the market are essential for the uninterrupted functioning of manufacturing plants and operational facilities of organizations. These services facilitate storeroom management, equipment maintenance, and inventory management. The increase in M&As is resulting in geographic expansion and enhancement of product portfolios to meet the demand in the market. The introduction of integrated services or one-stop-shop solutions is gaining immense traction in the market. Service providers are enhancing the efficiency and increasing buyers’ visibility on various aspects of the MRO supply chain to gain a competitive advantage over other players. The growing adoption of various cost optimization controls will help end-users to achieve high-cost savings and achieve category management that adds value benefits to the entire process. The procurement intelligence report by SpendEdge on MRO services helps companies to identify and shortlist suppliers, evaluate supplier profiling and price monitoring.

The implementation of smart-tech solutions will assist consumers to monitor the health of the production facility and facilitate predictive maintenance actions. The MRO service providers are encouraging the use of advanced technological solutions based on analytics platforms, sensors, and the cloud infrastructure to offer uniform and enhanced services. These systems offer clear visibility into the supply chain and increase the productivity of the employees.

Emergence of e-procurement solutions

Companies are leveraging the Internet, information systems, and networking systems such as EDI and ERP for buying or sourcing products and services. E-procurement helps reduce communication and time required for procurement processes such as catalog requisition and product comparison. Moreover, these systems are designed to eliminate the involvement of paper and enable product or brand comparison details that increase consumer interactions. The suppliers are also adding value-added services that improve the productivity and quality of services offered by the suppliers. E-procurement portals streamline the operational workflow and aids in better inventory management.

Solutions SpendEdge offer to businesses

SpendEdge’s procurement intelligence market study provides a holistic overview of the MRO services market and analyzes information from client account holders, procurement managers, and industry consultants to gain a deeper understanding of the market. The solutions offered includes:

  • Help the client successfully shortlist all the major suppliers in the MRO services market
  • Offer an in-depth understanding of price monitoring, supplier profiling, and cost components
  • Provide a detailed assessment and insights into the supply market, price negotiation strategies, parameters for supplier selection and evaluation, and procurement best practices
  • Shortlist major MRO service providers for their manufacturing units across 14 countries

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Supply Market Intelligence – Understanding the MRO Suppliers Landscape in the Oil and Gas Industry

The latest procurement market intelligence study by SpendEdge on the assessment of supply market provides comprehensive insights on the competitive landscape and develops effective supply strategies for a leading oil and gas company.

Insights on the MRO market

Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) services ensure efficient functioning of manufacturing and operations facilities in various production plants. The rising demand for processed fuels and increasing offshore drilling activities is boosting the requirement for MRO services in the oil and gas industry. With new players entering the market, companies are focusing on improving their services and product portfolio to remain competitive. Gaining information on supplier’s operational and functional capabilities, service footprint or capabilities, presence across various geographies, and their key clients will help companies to choose the correct supplier. The supply market intelligence solutions offered by SpendEdge helps design effective supplier strategy for clients by presenting a comprehensive picture of the major players in the industry. Additionally, these business solutions offer real-time insights into the MRO services for upstream companies and a comprehensive assessment of all the shortlisted suppliers.

The adopting of integrated engagement is gaining immense popularity in the MRO services market as this approach helps companies to bundle and source spares and maintenance-related services. This method also improves the efficacy of processes such as stock inventory management, storeroom management, and maintenance of contracted categories or products. A stable MRO framework will ensure proper cash flow and larger profit margins for business enterprises.

Consolidation and bundling of services

With the increasing focus on cost saving and cost effectiveness, companies are looking for bundles or consolidated MRO services. Mergers and acquisitions and bundling MRO tail-spend will help companies effectively manage expenditure and reduce operational costs of end-products. Understanding the supplier landscape will help companies identify short and long-term growth opportunities in the global market.

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Leveraging technology to stay competitive

E-commerce, web-based software solutions and use of mobile applications are few of the most widely used innovative technology that MRO suppliers are offering to their consumers. The increasing intensity of competition in the market is encouraging vendors to implement innovative technologies to offer efficient services. Technology enables services providers to offer real-time data on stocks, workflow approvals, location-based product lists, and on-the-go customer service. Additionally, these new tools will help companies reduce the overhead costs significantly.

What solutions SpendEdge offer to businesses

The team of procurement experts at SpendEdge provide a supply market intelligence study that tackles the requirements specific to the needs of the global leader of products and services in the oil and gas industry. Some of the solutions offered by the team are:

  • Conduct similar supply market intelligence assessments for the oil and gas industry
  • Develop category-specific insights, which used a blended approach of analyzing information assimilated through interviews and discussions with market experts and from consultants, annual reports, and databases
  • Provide understanding of the market for MRO services for upstream service companies
  • Offer detailed information on various factors including the market size, major trends, and challenges
  • Help the client understand the buyer’s requirements and challenges, technological innovations, and the prevalent engagement model
  • Identify the top suppliers in the industry and analyze their geographical presence, major customers, their service capabilities, and financials

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