The Ministry of Defence has awarded an £87 million contract to Briggs Equipment to manage and maintain a mixed fleet of mechanical handling equipment.
Under the seven year contract Briggs about 3,000 assets across 302 sites in the UK and 13 other countries as well as fleet auxiliary ships.
Forklifts, tractors, trailers, side loaders and container handlers are all within the agreement, as is warehousing equipment and other products from a total of 23 different manufacturers.
The contract includes replacement of 1,046 assets as part of a projected capital spend of around £31.5 million over the next seven years.
Approximately 84 per cent of these assets will be sourced in the UK, providing a major boost for the country’s industry.
“A significant volume of the equipment will be manufactured by NACCO Materials Handling Group, which has supplied the MoD with Hyster equipment for the last 40 years,” said Gary Clements, Briggs’s strategic development director.
Briggs has also developed a Management Information Portal for fleet management within a military environment. Richard Close, Briggs chief executive officer, said: “This is a very significant contract award which demonstrates our unique flexibility and the ability to respond to the changing needs of the Ministry of Defence.”
Pictured at the DVD Show 2013 are (left to right) General Carew Wilks CBE, Director Land Equipment MoD, Gary Clements Strategic Development Director and Richard Close CEO from Briggs Equipment, Phillip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology and Brigadier Peter Rafferty MBE, Head of operational support programs MoD.