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Meachers wraps up deal with Stanelco PLC

Meachers Group has wrapped up a deal with Southampton based Stanelco plc, manufacturers of BioPlast® biodegradable resin. Meachers beat off stiff competition to win the contract by demonstrating its ability to offer a seamless turnkey operation through it Southampton and Derby locations.

Appointing Meachers as its logistics provider follows the decision by Stanelco Plc to outsource its distribution from Manchester and Southampton. Meachers' Derby depot will manage the flow of goods and services throughout the supply chain including warehousing, order processing and distribution to customers throughout the UK. In addition, Meachers Southampton based freight forwarding arm, Oast Agencies, will be handling the shipment of goods to Stanelco's customers in Europe, the USA and other export areas.

Stanelco plc and its sister company Biotec GmbH have developed BioPlast®, a revolutionary new family of polymer materials that are certified biodegradable and compostable. Developed as a viable alternative to using fossil fuels for polymer based products, Bioplast 2189®, for example, is based on PLA – a derivative of cornstarch and other natural sustainable materials. It is designed to produce a rigid film or sheet with an oxygen barrier which may enhance food product life, can be frozen without becoming brittle and is easy to convert at lower temperature, thereby reducing the energy cost of manufacture.

“We needed to find a company that could provide us with a total logistics package”, said Dave Wetters, Sales Director of Stanelco plc. “Meachers was chosen because it had the advantage of having its headquarters close to us at Southampton yet could provide us with cost effective warehousing and distribution from its centrally located depot in Derby. The fact that its freight forwarding company, Oast Agencies, can organise shipments of product to Europe and our more distant markets was also a significant advantage.”

Last month the Meachers Group expanded its warehousing facilities in Derby by over fifty-percent. The company has purchased an additional warehouse adjacent to its one-acre site at Raynesway, Derby to cater for a substantial increase in demand for storage following the winning of some major new accounts. The new facility brings the total amount of storage managed by the company to around 160,000sq-ft at its two locations in Derby and Southampton.

Commenting, Gary Whittle, Commercial Manager
said: “Manufacturers and distributors are now looking to outsource logistics operations which integrate with their own business strategies. Through ongoing investment in technology and facilities Meachers is able to offer best business practices to its customers' supply chains to provide a seamless outsourced operation”.

Meachers Group Holdings Ltd. Mauretania Road
Southampton SO16 0YS
Tel: 023 80739999
Fax: 023 80 740644

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