South West England logistics company C M Downton Ltd announced this week that it has agreed to terms with aluminium extrusion firm Sapa Profiles UK. The new contract is a three-year extension of an existing agreement between the two firms. Downton estimates the agreement will earn them approximately US$5.8 million per year.
According to Downton, the extension was secured after a competitive tender process. The extension will mean an addition of new services provided by Downton to Sapa Profiles. In addition to handling distribution from Sapa Profiles UK’s four main plants and operating the significant inter-company transfer system and shunting processes, Downton will increase the operational support team dedicated to the account.
“Sapa Profiles UK has been a key Downton client for over six years,” said Andy Downton, managing director of Downton. “It is a successful partnership that has strengthened with every passing year. We are extremely pleased to be continuing and extending the contract, and look forward to working with Sapa for many years to come.”
“In an environment of constant challenging needs, it is imperative that Sapa’s transport partner be flexible and proactive, with on-time delivery and customer service remaining at the forefront of our core business,” explained Yann Beck, managing director of Sapa Profiles UK Ltd. “The Downton team has continually delivered an exceptional service where they are often the face of our business when the customer is in receipt of goods. The dynamic relationship and shared business knowledge gives us the confidence that our logistics operation is in the right hands.”
Established in 1955 by Conrad Michael Downton, C M Downton operates 600 tractor units and 1,800 trailers out of ten major distribution hubs across the United Kingdom. Sapa Profiles is the world’s leading producer of aluminium extrusion. The firm provides many different aluminium services, including cutting, bending, CNC processing, hydroforming, fusion welding, friction stir welding, anodizing, and painting, among others.