Wincanton secures £7m contract with Saint-Gobain

Published:  24 January, 2011

UK: Wincanton has secured a three-year renewal of its UK contract with French construction materials specialist Saint-Gobain to distribute the manufacturerís range of products for the UK water industry.

The agreement, worth £7 million over three years, extends Wincantonís nine-year partnership with Saint-Gobain and will harness Wincantonís logistics and transport-planning expertise to drive mutual value for both organisations.

Wincanton will use its preferred roster of sub-contractors for all long-distance product movements and utilise its in-house fleet for trunking operations. By rationalising its distribution processes, Wincanton expects to increase load fill per vehicle, and raise the number of multi-drop customer deliveries. A new consolidation centre in West Thurrock will complement Wincantonís Ilkeston site and improve service to Saint-Gobainís customer base in the South East, which comprises around 80 per cent of all orders.

Saint-Gobainís site director Andy Burnham says: ďWe continue to be impressed by Wincantonís flexible and innovative approach to adding value and enhancing customer service. Our companies share similar cultures and aspirations, and we are delighted to be extending our business partnership.Ē

Chris Kingshott, managing director for manufacturing at Wincanton, said: ďAt Wincanton we believe itís possible to achieve efficiency savings and increase productivity for our customers without compromising the quality of our overall service offering.

ďThis contract renewal is testament to the strength of our business relationship with Saint-Gobain as a key supplier to the UK water industry and is further confirmation of our market-leading position in the construction sector.Ē

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