Procuring spare parts for energy plants is a real feat. Above all, it requires a lot of patience. The search for suitable suppliers takes a long time. In addition, delivery times of several months must be expected. Our Startup of the Week has found the solution that saves energy suppliers time and money. With its platform, SPAROX offers an online marketplace that quickly connects plant operators and suppliers. We spoke with Sonja Zahradnik-Leonhartsberger, project manager at SPAROX.
Hello Sonja! Thanks for taking the time today. Why don’t you describe SPAROX in one sentence at the start?
Sure. We connect the plants and spare parts in the energy sector and have created a strong German-speaking network, which can also help in emergencies within a very short time.
How can someone who needs spare parts also get them?
We operate an intermediary platform for spare parts, where plant operators with critical spare parts and suppliers with a wide range of products are involved. In addition, we have established an emergency function in case of imminent plant shutdown and have also connected the 3D printing technology. The aim is to connect spare parts, plants and suppliers in the energy sector. We want to make it reliable and easy for all parties involved to make the right spare part available at any time.
Is this emergency feature one of your unique selling points?
Yes, exactly. That way we can avoid plant downtime. For many plant operators, long delivery times are a real problem. We often speak of several months. With our platform, operators can network with each other. We have thus considerably simplified the search, purchase and sale. We are also the largest platform in the sector, which is of course another advantage.
Is your platform for free? How do you generate revenue?
The use of the platform is free of charge for system operators. From the suppliers, i.e. the sellers, we receive a transaction fee.
Since you supply spare parts for the energy sector, your target group is clearly defined, right?
Yes, that’s right. We address plant operators in the energy market as well as their suppliers in the entire German-speaking area. We focus on all types of energy generation and grid operators.
You just mentioned that you are the biggest platform. What size are we talking about? What stage is SPAROX in as a startup?
The platform www.sparox.eu has been live since Feburary 2019. We currently have more than 15,000 spare parts online. Another 5,000 spare parts will be uploaded within the next few days. We are an innovation project within the framework of the Wien Energie Innovation Challenge Sprint Edition 2018. As a corporate startup of Wien Energie, we thus have a very strong owner. Currently our internal team consists of 8 employees.