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Tarmac restructures cement distribution network

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UK building materials company, Tarmac, a CRH company, is to restructure the distribution model for its cement business. The restructuring follows a strategic review of the company’s national model for bulk and packed cement distribution.

Following the restructure, company will operate a regional distribution model supported by six distribution partners. The distribution partners will handle around 50% of bulk cement deliveries and 80% of packed cement deliveries.

“Our supply chain and logistics operations are crucial to maintaining Tarmac Cement and Lime’s position as the UK’s market leader,” said Mike Eberlin, Managing Director at Tarmac Cement and Lime. “The new regional transport operating model will provide enhanced resilience, flexibility, service, cost and safety for our customers.”

Tarmac Cement and Lime’s regional distribution partners will be engaged on new five-year logistics contracts effective from December 2018. The partners were appointed “through a rigorous procurement process,” the company said.

Under the new scheme, Abbey Logistics will distribute bulk cement in Scotland for Tarmac, while Pollocks will distribute the company’s packed cement to Scotland, as well as North England. Lomas will distribute both bulk and packed cement to Central England, Wincanton will cover Southwest England, and Stobarts will handle distribution in Southeast England. Finally, Proctors will handle the distribution of packed cement from Tarmac’s Barnstone plant.

Distribution of the company’s lime and powders products will remain subcontracted on a national basis to Lomas Distribution for bulk lime and powders, as well as lime tippers, and to RR Andrews for powder tipper operations.

“With a demanding pipeline of construction and infrastructure projects coming online across the country, now is the perfect time for us to proactively change. Our strengthened network capability means we’re able to offer a better, more flexible service to meet customer requirements going forward,” concluded Eberlin.

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