Wincanton to manage additional transport and vehicle maintenance operations

Wincanton, the largest British third-party logistics (3PL) company, provides supply chain solutions to a wide range of industries including retail, construction, defence and energy. It has just been appointed by supermarket giant, Morrisons, to manage additional transport and vehicle maintenance operations.

This substantial additional contract features the management of transport and vehicle maintenance unit (VMU) operations at Morrisons’ Willow Green logistics site at Bridgwater, which will begin later this year. More than 250 staff will transfer from the existing provider to Wincanton.

Morrisons Vechicle Maintenance Unit
Here is the scale of the work that was being carried out by Morrisons Vechicle Maintenance Unit at four UK locations:

Gadbrook – Their IRTEC qualified engineers service 1,002 trailers, 448 tractor units and 799 fridges every year. They also carry out 432 MOTs (98.7% pass rate) and carry out 1,200 forklift inspections. Their trailers cover 100,000 km a year and our tractor units 180,000 km.

Sittingbourne – Their 30-strong team carries out vital maintenance 24/7 at our modern 10-bay workshop. Their HGV fitters service and maintain 98 tractor units and 240 trailers. Their MHE engineers look after over 300 pieces of MHE kit, while our fridge engineers maintain 198 fridge units.

J41, Wakefield – Their team of 35 technicians maintains our fleet of 91 HGVs, 362 trailers, 13 shunters, 22 vans and 445 MHE forklift trucks. In their vehicle workshops and full body shop they repair 19,136 defects and carry out 611 MOTs and 1,802 services/ inspections every year. And they test everything in our own DVLA approved test lane. While our MHE and fridge teams maintain and service our 445 trucks and 346 trailer mounted fridges.

Stockton – Here their multi-skilled RGV, MHE and HGV engineering teams work 24/7 to maintain over 30 vehicles, 95 trailers and an MHE fleet totalling 145.

Wincanton Commercial vehicle workshops
Wincanton provides training, workshops and valuable professional advice through a nationwide network of commercial vehicle workshops.

Their repair workshops are equipped to the highest levels and staffed with over 600 highly skilled and committed personnel. They are further backed up by a comprehensive service partner network and a fleet of nearly 200 mobile service vans.

Wincanton offers vehicle servicing, MOT preparation and presentation and major repairs including accident management. It also delivers extensive trailer services for any make or type of trailer, including: trailer servicing; MOT preparation and presentation; axle and brake maintenance; inclusive fridge, roller shutter door and tail lift maintenance packages; rrake testing; as well as re-livery and refurbishment.


Wincanton Fact Check:
• Responsible for 3,600 vehicles
• 4,600 drivers
• 17,600 staff
• 200+ locations
• 14.3 million sq ft of warehousing space
• Revenue £1.1bn

Wincanton extends Coca-Cola partnership for Island of Ireland warehousing
Wincanton has also recently renewed its Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland (IOI) warehousing contract with Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC).

Building on a working relationship that stretches back to 2016, Wincanton will continue to provide warehousing services from its dedicated facility in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, for a further two years.

A key element of the service is Wincanton’s ability to support Coca-Cola HBC with its vision and voice picking technology, one of the first of the bottling company’s facilities to implement this innovation.

The facility handles over 800 million bottles and cans per year, including popular brands, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Schweppes and Monster.