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International packaging company appoints logistics experts to reduce transport costs

An international packaging company has appointed a British logistics firm to manage its transport operations for the next four years. SAICA Pack has awarded a £5 million annual contract to 3t (www.3t-europe.com) who will manage all of SACIA Pack’s transport requirements in its UK southern region, including three major corrugated cardboard box plants.

The contract is due to start this months (November), but preparations have been underway since May due to the considerable amount of infrastructure required to ensure that the launch goes smoothly. The 3t team will consist of five dedicated staff at the Midlands based transport management company. 3t will be using their custom designed integrated carrier management system to manage approximately 20 specialist haulier partners on behalf of SAICA Pack.

"We are delighted to be working as partners with SAICA Pack on this exciting new project," comments Rachel Armstrong, 3t’s UK General Manager. "We have worked with the company for the past 5 years at their Thatcham site, and more recently at Thrapston, and have formed a very successful partnership. We are confident that this latest project will be equally beneficial for SAICA."

SAICA Pack is a privately owned Spanish corrugated box manufacturer operating in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and the UK which was founded 70 years ago. They purchased the UK business in 2008 from SCA Packaging and are in the process of a multi million pound investment in a UK paper mill based in Manchester to fulfil the demands of the UK based plants.

3t specialise in reducing transport cost for companies through the introduction of systems, expertise and processes. They also work with companies to reduce the carbon emissions generated by their transport processes. The UK government has set targets of a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025 and plans are in the pipeline to introduce measures such as mandatory carbon reporting next year.

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