Honda UK has appointed Ceva Logistics to manage its European inbound logistics operation.
The beginning of three-year contract coincides with Honda’s production restart this month.
Ceva Ground Europe, which is based in Antwerp, will manage supplier collection from more than 40 European locations on behalf of Honda, transporting parts to its production plant in Swindon.
Ceva will be responsible for managing the availability and movement of parts in the correct format to meet Honda’s build programme, as well as third part hauliers and suppliers and deliveries to Swindon.
The contract incorporates carrier management, transport planning and execution and freight audit modules.
The operation will be run through Ceva’s Matrix IT system, which is designed to provide event management to shipment level from point of collection to the point of delivery, and give Honda great supply chain visibility.
Ceva will also be responsible for the return of empty packaging through the same process.
Dave Taylor, of Honda UK, said: “Our key objective was to create a more efficient supply chain. In achieving this we have reduced costs, increased flexibility and reduced overall emissions.
“Ceva was awarded the contract due to its experience, resources, open minded approach and of course cost competitiveness.”
Wouter Coppens, managing director of Ceva Ground Europe, added: “We have worked in partnership with Honda and our colleagues from Ceva UK for 18 months to develop an ex-works collection service which meets the changing needs of Honda’s business.”