Global defence logistics for land, sea and air – secure warehousing and storage, spares and reverse logistics, packaging design, manufacture and supply, transport solutions, global supply chain support.

Wincanton is a leading provider of supply chain solutions across the UK and Ireland delivering outstanding customer service since 1925. Wincanton provides logistics solutions into a diverse range of industry sectors including defence, milk, energy, retail, consumer goods and construction.

Wincanton designs, implements and manages secure, robust supply chains for defence manufacturers and integrators. They cover the whole global supply chain end-to-end, helping companies to operate more efficiently, cost-effectively and safely in a highly competitive and compliance-driven sector.  Wincanton focuses on delivering innovative solutions that redefine defence logistics, solutions which are enabled by an intrinsic understanding of the industry and the challenges their customers face.

Wincanton provides cost efficient, flexible solutions combined with the customer-centric approach of a small business. They cover the full spectrum of supply chain activities, from the import of raw materials to the management of home deliveries and retail returns. Wincanton’s collaborative transport model helps customers to control costs, optimize service assets and improve services levels.

Secure Military Warehousing and Storage

Wincanton works with customers to provide secure, centralized storage solutions which are purpose-built to store the full spectrum of defence materials. With 26 defence-specific sites across the UK they provide effective storage services, for products ranging from nuts and bolts to rotor blades, which support customers’ build and assembly requirements.

Wincanton’s specialist storage and handling solutions provide numerous benefits:

  • Significant improvement in stock availability
  • Significant reduction in lost and damaged stock
  • Full material visibility and control of materials
  • Unparalleled levels of safety, stock accuracy and quality standards
  • Added value services including engineering inspection and x-ray scanning

Spares and Reverse Logistics

Wincanton’s extensive experience in providing logistics solutions for defence manufacturing and spares environments is supported by a strong compliance record in line with UK, NATO and US defence standards.

Their capabilities cover the collection, storage, distribution and asset management of tooling, engineering and maintenance spares for the air, land and marine sectors. Through applying supply chain best practice across all areas considerable benefits can be realized through the consolidation of repair and maintenance loops.


Packaging Design, Manufacture and Supply

Wincanton designs, manufactures and sources specialist protective packaging for the safe transit of equipment into the harshest environments. Their dedicated defence centers specialize in the production of containers to withhold the most extreme temperatures and robust handling. As well as ensuring packaging meets UK, European and US defence standards, they also take into account other issues such as reuse and recyclability.

Transport Solutions

Wincanton’s UK network of vehicles provides integrated transport services from port to store enabling full visibility and traceability from point of issue to point of delivery. From the inbound transport of containers arriving into the UK, through to onward distribution services for any build or assembly requirements and freight forwarding, Wincanton’s solutions are designed to manage the movement of your defence equipment throughout your supply chain end-to-end.


Global Supply Chain and Through-life Support

Wincanton’s solutions provide through-life support for customers on a global basis. Incorporating inbound logistics, receipt, warehousing, transportation, specialist packaging, freight forwarding, on-base logistics and reverse logistics, the tailor-made defence logistics solutions touch every part of the equipment lifecycle. Wincanton has over 60 years’ experience in supporting  domestic and overseas armed forces, ensuring that equipment availability is maximized to support the execution of military operations in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

Achieving Excellence in Defence Logistics
We are simply doing what we do best, helping our customers reach their goals easier, faster and more effectively.

Supply Chain 21 Gold Award (SC21)
Wincanton is the first company to be awarded the SC21 Gold Award for our Houndstone site. This award adds to our five SC21 Silver Awards, all of which demonstrate our continued commitment to developing supply chains that are competitive and able to offer increased value to customers.

BAE Systems Chairman’s Awards
In May 2011, Wincanton was recognised for its partnership with both BAE Global Combat Systems-Vehicles with their Chairman’s Award, for ‘adding value to readiness and sustainment services’ and BAE Systems Surface Ships for provision of logistics services and the benefits realised to date.

Special Achievement Award
In 2010, AgustaWestland awarded Wincanton a special achievement award in recognition of ‘continued high level support on site and successful migration of their raw material store to Wincanton’.

UKWA Team of the Year 2010
Our defence team in Yeovil, which provides support services for AgustaWestland, was recognised as ‘Team of the Year’ in recognition of their achievements’.


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