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Wincanton secures five-year contract with BAE Systems

27th April 2010 - 18:37 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leading European provider of supply chain and business outsourcing services, Wincanton, has secured a five-year contract to provide logistics services in support of the supply, repair, maintenance and secure transport of crucial armoured vehicle components for BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Vehicles.

Under the new contract, Wincanton will handle components for four military vehicles, all currently deployed with the British Army: the Challenger 2 main battle tank, the Bulldog FV430 armoured fighting vehicle, the Panther light armoured vehicle and the AS90 self-propelled gun platform. From 1 June 2010, all components, from air filters to gearboxes, including new replacement parts and repaired items, will be processed, securely packaged and despatched directly to the customer from a centralised logistics support centre in the Midlands.

Wincanton's in-house barcode and labelling production system is able to satisfy rigorous compliance and security objectives through the complete end-to-end supply chain. The Wincanton barcode system and associated documentation technology have been fully conformed to be compatible with that of BAE Systems.

BAE Systems supply chain specialist, John McGrath, said: "We are delighted to be extending our partnering with Wincanton, which has impressed us with its focus on improving efficiency and adding value to the supply chain without compromising service standards.

Graham Gall, head of supply chain for BAE Systems added "Wincanton's solution is a significant milestone in taking service reliability and agility to a new level, thereby enhancing our competitive position."

Wincanton's chief executive, Graeme McFaull, said: "Working closely with BAE Systems, we have been able to consolidate all our operations for this contract under one roof in the Midlands. "

"With a less fragmented supply chain, no longer reliant on smaller, geographically diverse sub-contractors, we're able to take full advantage of wider efficiencies within the supply chain. For example, we'll be drawing on the skills of employees at Wincanton's nearby Kingswinford manufacturing plant to create secure military compliant packaging for the components. We'll also be using Wincanton fleet vehicles for secure deliveries, where appropriate, and we have already integrated key technology with BAE Systems."

Graeme McFaull continued: "This is a prestigious contract gain for Wincanton, which builds on our presence in the defence industry and confirms the opportunities for growth in the sector.
"Drawing upon our combined market expertise and national infrastructure, we will work in partnership with BAE Systems to improve efficiency in its end-to-end supply chain and will continue to provide the innovative and dedicated service on which our partnership is built."

Source: Wincanton

 

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