Supacat Contract Win for Wincanton.

Supacat, an innovative engineering and design company, has awarded a contract to Wincanton, a leading provider of supply chain solutions, to provide logistics support in the UK.

For over 30 years Devon-based Supacat has produced specialist vehicles for both military and civilian customers, earning a reputation as the market leader for developing all-terrain, high-mobility vehicles.

Following a significant period of growth, during which the company has won new defence sector contracts, Supacat decided to engage the expertise of a third party logistics partner to run its production warehouse operation in Dunkeswell.

“We pride ourselves on our skills, experience, dedication and focus in this most demanding of sectors and required an effective logistics partner that could help us meet these challenges,” said Nigel Down, Head of Operations at Supacat.

“We knew Wincanton to be one of the leading logistics experts in the defence sector and, after visiting their existing operations and seeing first hand their professionalism and commitment to operational excellence, it became clear that this was the ideal partner to support our own vehicle production operations.”

The first company to ever be awarded a prestigious SC21 (Supply Chains in the 21st Century) Gold Award for its defence team, Wincanton has a long and distinguished track record for delivering innovative and agile solutions to some of the sector’s leading names.

The contract will see Wincanton run the warehouse operations for Supacat’s latest production of Extenda High Mobility Transport vehicles. This activity will include receiving deliveries, running the warehouse and ensuring stock accuracy, and taking responsibility for kitting assemblies each month to enable Supacat’s challenging production schedule during 2015 and 2016.

Chris Kingshott, Managing Director for manufacturing at Wincanton, said: “As a direct supplier to the military, Supacat has to have the highest possible standards when it comes to the quality of its products.

“Over many years supporting production activity for a wide range of defence-focused customers we have embedded those same effective principles into our own operations, and look forward to deploying industry best practice and unlocking potential to support Supacat’s continued growth.”

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Notes to Editors

Wincanton plc – the smarter logistics partner

From kitchen equipment and wallpaper, through to groceries, tiles, bricks, clothing and diesel… almost everything that’s bought for the home and workplace passes along a complex supply chain. In many cases that supply chain will be operated and managed by Wincanton.

Our customers, who include some of the world’s most admired brands, rely on us to make their businesses operate more efficiently and to gain a competitive advantage in their sector. As a trusted and respected business partner, we design and implement logistics services that range from setting up and operating distribution services and networks through to bonded warehouses and technology hosting, container transport and storage and records management. Improved stock visibility and availability, reduction of lead times, operational excellence, collaborative warehousing and transport models, and an absolute commitment to continuous improvement, are just some of the reasons why many of our customer relationships extend to over 20 years.

With in-depth sector knowledge and insight, we cover a wide range of markets including retail, consumer goods, construction, dairy, defence, records and data management, industrial, fuels and energy. We work hard to understand and respond to our customers’ needs, build long term relationships and use our skills and expertise to deliver a smarter, added value service, every day.

Key facts:
· Annual revenue in the UK & Ireland exceeds £1 billion
· 15,500 employees including 4,000+ drivers
· Operates from 200+ locations with 13 million square feet of warehousing across the UK and Ireland
· Operating responsibility for around 3,600 vehicles

Find out more at www.wincanton.co.uk

For further information please contact:

Wincanton plc
Victoria Aitchison, external communications manager 01249 710 434

Speed Communications
Rosie Park 0117 906 4558 / 07885 899 018
Tom Spencer 0117 906 4551 / 07921 057 162 [email protected]

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