XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of freight transportation services, has been awarded a multi-year contract renewal by building materials manufacturer Etex in the UK. XPO distributes several hundred thousand tonnes of products for Etex each year, with a comprehensive, digitally managed network deployed by XPO in 2020. The two companies also partner directly in France and Spain on international flows and operate a transport control tower in France for Siniat, a division of Etex Building Performance.
XPO utilises a dedicated fleet that delivers a wide variety of materials to builders’ merchants and building sites from Etex manufacturing plants in Bristol and Ferrybridge, and supports distribution centres in Basildon and Grangemouth. The customised network is managed by XPO teams on-site, and draws on XPO’s wider resources for transport and storage as needed to supplement seasonal fluctuations in demand.
Under the new agreement, XPO will remain a single-source provider for transport and on-site logistics management, and will collaborate with Etex to prepare for higher distribution volumes. Etex’s planned significant investment in the Bristol site will increase production and warehousing capacity to support the company’s expansion in the UK market.
Paul Noble, regional operations manager – North Europe, Etex, said, “Our experience with XPO leaves no doubt they are committed to operational excellence. We realise top-tier performance metrics throughout the distribution process, from XPO’s storage and fulfilment management to their transport tracking and safety record. Our customers are the beneficiaries of this partnership.”
Dan Myers, managing director, transport – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, said, “The expansion of our partnership with Etex will leverage the substantial value we created together over the first contract phase. I want to thank the Etex and XPO joint operational team for the strong results they have delivered. We look forward to supporting Etex in the next phase of our relationship.”
XPO provides technology-enabled transport solutions for customers across a range of sectors in Europe, including consumer, trade and industrial goods, food and beverages, and e-commerce, as well as the Tour de France and other world-class events.