Rushlift Ltd secures £100M Saint-Gobain deal
Rushlift Ltd has secured the UK's single largest supply level agreement with the building distribution division of leading international construction materials group, Saint-Gobain.
The exclusive ten-year deal will see the company supply the group with a variety of materials handling equipment and covers the management and maintenance of over 2,000 forklifts across a variety of UK manufacturing, retail and merchant sites. These include the company’s Jewson, JP Corry and Gibbs and Dandy builders’ merchants chains.
The scale of the agreement, has led to the recruitment of 30 additional engineering, account management and administrative personnel, with more appointments expected to follow.
Rushlift Chairman, Peter Cosgrove, says "The contract has only been made possible thanks to the efforts of Rushlift’s national accounts, technical and service teams, and thanks to detailed negotiations with key suppliers."
During the long tender process Rushlift were given opportunities to demonstrate their abilities at several Saint-Gobain sites, opportunities which allowed the company to outperform its competitors.
"We have been able to deliver higher levels of service at lower cost than our competitors and we have gained the business against competition from all the major companies in the industry. The agreement is on an unprecedented scale and we are excited by the opportunities and challenges it presents our business. It’s a superb vote of confidence in our business values and approach.” added Peter Cosgrove.
The world leader in the production, processing and distribution of construction materials, Saint-Gobain has a dedicated team overseeing UK and Ireland logistics, based in Southampton.
Ian Berrill, Saint-Gobain's Fleet Director stated, “We’ve had many years of growth and acquisitions since first establishing our truck fleet and we were keen to provide modern, reliable equipment to our many different users. Having the UK’s largest fleet has many benefits but also many challenges. Being able to manage the fleet makeup, control costs and respond to our changing needs is crucial. Rushlift’s approach offers us a real business advantage, allowing for full visibility of equipment across over 800 sites in the UK and Ireland.”