COINS e-Xact: A History of Service to the Industry

By Admin

General News

14th Jun 2016

Timelinee-Xact Online launched as an industry initiative in 1999, following an extensive feasibility study by the Builder’s Merchants Federation (BMF). Initial funding was under a grant from the UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) but e-Xact quickly developed commercially into a valuable resource for UK building material suppliers/manufacturers and builders merchants.

Today, e-Xact connects manufacturers, distributors, builders merchants and specifiers by providing a fully searchable managed database service for building material information, including EAN codes, dimensions, weights, units, data sheets, images and other rich data. Source data from suppliers is automatically processed and validated, with human intervention to correct, enhance and aggregate as required so that users can enjoy one-click access to product data.

e-Xact Online is part of the Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) eBusiness division. High quality product data is required throughout the supply chain and COINS eBusiness offers wider opportunities for e-Xact’s merchant and supplier subscribers.

e-Xact began with BMF support and our relationship continues to this day. This year, we will be at BMF Members Day 2016 on 20-21 September, demonstrating the value of e-Xact to independent merchants and suppliers.


1999 - e-Xact Online Service launched as an industry initiative following an extensive feasibility study by the Builder’s Merchants Federation, under a grant from the UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).

2002 – e-Xact grows steadily in number of manufacturers, merchant users and products listed under the management and development of the service by S&J Management Services.

2004 – e-Xact introduces “What’s New” area to help suppliers get new product information out to their customers.

2007 – e-Xact Online launches Product Data Synchronisation (PDS) service.

2011 – Controlling interest of e-Xact acquired by Construction Industry Solutions Ltd (COINS).

2012 – Expanded variety of rich content now supported (brochures, COSHH, merchant-specific codes, certifications). BIM pilot project launches. Accommodation for Declaration of Performance (DOP) files.

2013 – COINS expands e-Xact team of account managers and data analysts. Database now holds BIM Object Files.  CE Marking data service.

2014 –Logistic and supply chain data now supported, including retail unit/pack unit/case unit dimensions and palette information.

2015 – An ongoing project with Saint-Gobain leads to growth of e-Xact customer base.

e-Xact has created a unique industry-based solution for the acquisition of product information and the dissemination of product news. Our success can be attributed to the involvement of both suppliers and merchants in on-going development, COINS knowledge of the industry, and the support of BMF and Unimer.

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