BAE chooses Wincanton for with MAI deal

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BAE Systems has chosen Wincanton to provide logistics for its Military Air and Information (MAI) operations, including goods management and inspection, storage and packing, and transport services at two MAI sites.

Steve Vandersteen, director of procurement and supply chain at BAE Systems MAI, said: “We are pleased to have agreed this new contract with Wincanton to provide logistics services across our business. This partnership is part of our continued drive for efficiency to ensure we are well placed to provide the best possible value products and services to our customers.”

The contract extends a ten-year relationship between the two firms. The new transport services at BAE’s Samlesbury and Warton sites are additional to the continuing operations at the MAI Brough site, and the existing services delivered from Wincanton’s Blackburn and Heywood facilities. These will be unaffected.

The contract will begin immediately; with around 150 personnel dedicated to BAE MAI. Wincanton will also become the operator of a new purpose built defence logistics centre, due to be completed in 2016. Wincanton will be the first non BAE Systems business operating in the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone.

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