SAICA Paper, a leader in the manufacturing of paper for corrugated cardboard, has extended its contract with transport and logistics specialist CM Downton for another year.
This latest agreement builds on a relationship that started when SAICA Paper opened its new Paper Mill at Partington, Manchester in early 2012.
As one of SAICA Paper's main transport service providers, Downton handles deliveries of baled recycled paper from sources across the UK into Partington and delivers finished paper reels to SAICA Paper's customers in the UK packaging industry. In addition to managing these in-bound and out-bound transport flows, Downton provides on-site shunting services and maintains an on-site management function to liaise with the manufacturer.
Transporting bales of recycled paper along with large and heavy paper reels presents a number of challenges. Downton has worked closely with SAICA Paper and the wider industry to ensure that they are able to meet and exceed regulations and requirements around load security through effective trailer design, incorporating non-slip floors, load bearing curtains, load security systems and not least an extensive driver training programme.
In addition to SAICA Paper, Downton provides transport services to sister businesses SAICA Pack and SAICA Natur under separate contracts. This has allowed the company to introduce an integrated approach that supports the needs of each business while offering transport synergies, efficiencies and cost savings.
David Hutchings, Head of Business Development at CM Downton, said: "The strong relationship we have built with SAICA Paper over the past five years meant that on this occasion we were able to extend the contract without the normal benchmarking or tender process. We know SAICA, their market and their customers and this, together with our wide-ranging paper industry experience, allowed us to implement an efficient and flexible solution to their requirement."