Monday, May 10, 2010

Wincanton Wins Two Important Defence Logistics Contracts

BAE and AgustaWestland Both Appoint Supply Chain Specialist
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UK – Wincanton has secured two five-year contracts to provide logistics services to armoured vehicle builder BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Vehicles and helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland.

Under the BAE 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 the 1st of June 2010, all components, from air filters to gearboxes, including new replacement parts and repaired items, will be processed, packaged and despatched from a dedicated Wincanton logistics support centre in the Midlands.

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.

In addition, Wincanton has also won the contract to manage AgustaWestland’s production stores and logistics operations in and around Yeovil. The deal is valued at approximately £27 million over the five years of the contract.

AgustaWestland’s production stores distribute helicopter components to clients around the globe, handling an inventory of over 40,000 parts that ranges from washers and bolts to rotor blades.

Under the agreement 130 AgustaWestland employees will transfer to Wincanton.

Wincanton’s chief executive, Graeme McFaull, said of the latter contract that: “We are delighted to be building further on our partnership with AgustaWestland.

“The new agreements demonstrate Wincanton’s market-leading ability to improve efficiency and productivity for our customers. It is further confirmation of the Company’s expertise, reputation and growing presence in the defence industry.”

He also hailed the BAE contract as "...a prestigious contract gain for Wincanton."