GEODIS Calberson, the UK road transport and logistics division of global logistics solutions provider Geodis, has secured a three-year contract win with prestigious client DAS – Dow Agro Sciences, a part of the DOW Chemical Company.
This multi million pound award is held by Geodis Calberson’s UK Logistics division which has worked with DAS since 1999. The extension takes the contract to 2011.
DAS, based in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, are makers of insecticides, fungicides and pesticides and utilise Geodis Calberson to manage on site logistics as well as its global supply chain requirements with the majority of activity taking place in the European, Eurasia and Baltic markets.
All warehousing and loading/unloading activities are under the responsibility of Geodis Calberson on this 120 acre site. This site manufactures on a 24 hour – seven days per week basis and Geodis is integral to the successful operation and cost effectiveness of the site.
Geodis Calberson is also responsible for managing all of the firm’s import and export shipping office duties and arranging transport for orders by land, sea and air.
Under the terms of the contract Geodis Calberson oversee 12 million kilos of goods for DAS annually, which equates to 10,000 pallets over the year with January to May being a peak period.
The contract is a specialist chemicals agreement. So all staff including drivers and fork lift truck drivers must be trained on site and ADR-registered to handle hazardous goods.
Additionally Geodis Calberson’s shipping office is trained to handle all IATA forms/dangerous goods by sea and road, as well as transporting dangerous goods by air.
Gary Hubbard, Director of UK Logistics said: "By the very nature of the product, it is a highly complex contract but one which demonstrates our level of expertise within the logistics market and so we are delighted to have secured a further three year agreement with DAS.
"It is a true partnership and one which helps DAS to remain a world leader.
"We have enjoyed a successful working relationship since 1999 and look forward to this continuing until 2011 and beyond.
"This is another landmark agreement for Geodis Calberson in the UK and we look forward to working with DAS for many years to come."
Geodis Calberson also manage DAS’s on site logistics operations in Italy – Mozzanica and France – Drusenheim as part of a pan-European collaborative platform which embraces lean methodology and strives to drive waste and inefficiency out of DOW’s supply chain.
DAS has its global business base in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, and provides innovative technologies for crop protection, pest and vegetation management, seeds, traits, and agricultural biotechnology.
Global sales for DAS are £2.7 billion ($4.5 billion).
Geodis Calberson’s parent company, Geodis, has its HQ in Paris, and has dense local networks across the globe.
The company’s UK network of 11 sites, from Warrington to Poole in Dorset, includes 340 employees and 65 independent licensees in the Fortec Pallet Network. This enables it to provide supply chain solutions to a wide variety of businesses nationwide.
This local service and global capability means that Geodis Calberson can offer customers a unique set of services encompassing all supply chain activities across the UK, Europe and worldwide.
The forward-thinking company serves many industries, including pharmaceutical and healthcare, luxury goods, hi-tech and multimedia, leisure, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods and automotive, as well as fashion and textile and wines and spirits.