PartTracker: your circular electrotechnical supplier.

In 2010, Alex van Dam saw two opportunities: A platform for trading surplus electrical components and a way to stimulate the circular economy. He saw that spare parts for machines were almost never near the machines and companies therefore bought them new. He also foresaw that there would be a shortage of raw materials for the production of these parts in the coming decades.

The best of both worlds

It led to PartTracker, which trades throughout the entire chain. From finding electrical engineering parts worldwide to responsible disposal, so that the raw materials can be reused. In the first years of its existence, PartTracker bought up surplus stock and sought out customers. The ant was the company’s first “employee”. A logo that scans the environment for parts and uses them in the circle of life.

Ant Sprinting

The early years

Alex’s view on surplus stocks turned out to be correct. Stocks of unused electrical parts could be found all over the world. It was mainly a matter of looking for companies that were willing to reuse them. A search for the right balance between costs, stock, depreciation and sales.

 

During that period, PartTracker also started supplying new components as an independent seller of all major brands. Due to the good relationship with stock holders all over the world, PartTracker is able to deliver parts faster. PartTracker’s customers use a worldwide virtual warehouse.

Finally the rest of the world gets it too.

The industry has since learned that reuse can be cheaper than new. The circular economy, in which the costs and revenues of products are related to the complete lifecycle, became an increasingly important topic, also for electrical wholesalers. Companies saw that reuse was not only good for the wallet, but also for the planet. This made the reuse of parts a strategic part of the purchasing policy of production companies and machine manufacturers.

Elektrotechnische groothandel

The market wanted guarantees

That need leads PartTracker to provide a maintenance and buyback guarantee on most of its products. If parts break, they are replaced or repaired. When they go out of business, PartTracker takes them back for reuse or for responsible recycling.

The first growth spurt

2020 was the turning point. The Corona Crisis has changed production and trade flows. The delivery time of new components is unacceptably increasing. We see that the control of raw materials and components is becoming an important political leverage. As a result, the product flows are not only temporarily disrupted. The question of where we produce, how we do it and what we do with the surplus stock is becoming increasingly important.

The market now recognizes the ant. Demand increased. It was time to expand. We look for materials in other places and new ways to get parts to the customer. New colleagues take PartTracker’s services to an even higher level.

Parttracker: jouw circulaire elektrotechnische groothandel

PartTracker: the circular electronic supplier

The world is going through the change that PartTracker was created for. An international network is now being created of companies that focus on reuse and smart stock management. This opens up even more channels. With the knowledge of the market, the circular economy and the mission of the ant, PartTracker will start the second growth spurt as soon as possible: Towards a world in which reuse is the norm and the prices of products are determined by their complete circle of life, including the social consequences.

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