Wincanton has announced an eight-year contract with the UK ready-mixed concrete supplier, Hanson. According to the company, the contract makes Wincanton the first 3PL provider to enter the ready-mixed concrete market. Under the terms of the contract, it is estimated that Hanson will require Wincanton to deliver more than 500,000 cu m of concrete each year. This will be fulfilled by a fleet of over 70 vehicles in Wincanton and Hanson liveries.
Wincanton’s entry into the ready-mixed concrete supply chain was devised to provide additional capacity at a time when the industry’s long term prospects look positive. For example, the UK government has already spoken of its plans to build a million new homes by 2020 and to invest in major infrastructure projects such as High Speed 2.
Wincanton states that it can provide a flexible fleet of branded or Wincanton vehicles to support customers across the UK, extending the scope of the services provided to the construction industry.
Chris Fenton, Managing Director at Wincanton, said, “Hanson is a leading industry player and we look forward to working with the whole team to deliver the highest standards of operational excellence and customer service. The company makes a great addition to our growing portfolio of clients in the construction industry”.
Matt Barlow, Hanson UK’s Supply Chain Director, added, “The outsourcing of part of our concrete delivery operations to Wincanton will complement our existing franchise and company vehicle fleet and allow us to provide high levels of service to all our customers”.