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Wincanton provides logistics for BAE Systems shipbuilding

Steve Rogerson
January 21, 2015
Wiltshire, UK, based Wincanton, a provider of supply chain services, has been awarded a contract with major defence manufacturer BAE Systems to provide full logistics and warehousing services in support of its UK shipbuilding operations. This includes its programme to deliver three new river class offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Navy.
"We have an existing relationship with Wincanton through the Queen Elizabeth class programme,” said Charlie Blakemore, transformation director at BAE Systems' naval ships business. “During this programme, the company has demonstrated its ability to add value to complex defence procurement programmes, making Wincanton the perfect fit to lead our wider logistics operations. This marks a significant step in our drive to transform our business, creating a world class UK naval engineering capability. Wincanton will help us to improve quality and efficiency in the delivery of complex warships, making our business more competitive in the long-term."
The long-term agreement, which starts with the outsourcing of all logistics and warehousing at BAE Systems' sites in Glasgow, will see Wincanton operating a central warehousing facility, inbound scheduling and collections and provision of modular re-useable crates.
These activities will also be supported by Wincanton's nearby facility in Motherwell, currently supporting the build of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.
"The importance of an efficient shipbuilding industry to both Scotland and the wider UK cannot be underestimated, and we are committed and proud to be supporting BAE Systems at such a crucial time in its history,” said Eric Born, Wincanton's chief executive. "While this announcement underlines our position as the UK's leading logistics partner to the defence sector, more important is the wider picture, which is a leaner, more efficient logistics operation for BAE Systems, enhancing its world-class shipbuilding capabilities."