Continental renews Norbert contract

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Continental Tyres has renewed its contract with Norbert Dentressangle for a further five years, and extended the scope of the operation.

Dentressangle’s site at Rugby acts as Continental’s NDC. Under the new contract it will also be the consolidation point for orders which were previously delivered as full loads direct from Continental’s European manufacturing plants to major wholesale customers in the UK.

Stewart Jackson, supply chain director at Continental said: “Reliable and timely supply is a top priority for us, the retailer and their customers, the motorist. While we benchmark to make sure that the service is still best in class, Norbert Dentressangle remain the leader in the market which is why we have renewed and extended our contract with them.”

Instead of delivering direct to the customer, Continental’s manufacturing plants will deliver full loads into the consolidation centre at Rugby. Dentressangle will then be responsible for the building of customer orders from stock held in the consolidation point. The aim is to improve lead times and service levels.

In some cases, product which comes into the consolidation centre will also be consolidated with orders being fulfilled from the NDC, further improving the utilisation of the UK delivery fleet.

In total, the expanded operation will occupy around 125,000 sq ft and will be responsible for handling around 2.7 million tyres per year.

Dentressangle has been Continental’s logistics partner since 2006, with responsibility for the storage and distribution of tyres to retailers and fitters throughout the UK. Previously located in Birmingham, the operation transferred to Rugby in October 2011, providing Continental Tyres with enhanced capacity and flexibility.

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