Downton Signs Up £30 Million Of Contract Business

Award-winning haulier CM Downton, part of UK logistics giant EV Cargo, has completed the signing of business contracts worth £30 million annually after securing a number of contract extensions and new business wins.

The Gloucestershire-based firm, which recently announced a £5 million fleet investment, has won new business from Highland Spring, a leading spring water producer, and Mirius, a provider of global hygiene solutions.

Both companies have manufacturing or warehousing facilities based in the Midlands and required a national distribution solution at short notice, which Downton was able to quickly and efficiency supply through its national network.

Downton also secured a number of contract extensions and renewals with long-standing clients including UPM, ROCKWOOL and Hydro.

It currently provides on-site logistics services for UPM, including material handling equipment, at the Shotton paper mill in North Wales. Recovered paper is delivered inbound with finished paper reels distributed to a number of locations. Downton also manages UPM’s distribution of paper and timber products from the Port of Tilbury.

Downton provides transport and warehousing for insulation manufacturer ROCKWOOL, distributing full truck-load and groupage orders to the building trade sector and using sister EV Cargo company Palletforce to sustainably deliver smaller consignments.

The Hydro contract sees Downton operate a national distribution service and manage all transport activities from three key aluminium extrusion sites.

Duncan Eyre, CM Downton managing director, said: “Downton has a strong reputation in the industry for delivering the goods in a straightforward, no-fuss manner. These contract extensions demonstrate our ability to consistently build long-term relationships by providing services of the highest quality, and our focus on continual improvement to offer the latest innovative solutions through EV Cargo. The new business wins are proof of our agility to quickly respond to commercial opportunities.”

Chris McGirr, Highland Spring Group logistics manager, said: “Highland Spring recently reviewed its transport operations in the Midlands and selected Downton as the preferred partner due to the swift, detailed responses and flexibility their operation can provide for a fast moving and relatively volatile demand-driven product like water. Progress to date for the transition has been excellent and we look forward to growing the operation with Downton in the coming months.”

Fiona Houston, ROOCKWOOL supply chain manager, said: “ROCKWOOL has been working closely with Downton for a number of years because they provide an excellent service. We have worked collaboratively to continuously improve our logistics offering, particularly to smaller sites, and add-on solutions via integrated systems.”