TNT Logistics in the UK has won a five year contract with the naval marine business of Rolls-Royce to warehouse and distribute materiel (equipment and material) used in the repair and maintenance of marine gas turbine engines.
The 2100 sqm facility at Castle Donington in Leicestershire, has been developed alongside a TNT Logistics cross-dock operation which handles materiel for aircraft engines produced by Rolls-Royce. The two companies have been working together for five years.
The new warehouse has been fitted with a computer-controlled heating system to ensure temperature and humidity levels are always within the specified limits. The 25,000 product lines in the warehouse range from small consumables such as washers to complete fan cases, which can be up to two metres in diameter.
TNT Logistics employees will also undertake inspection of all materiel entering the warehouse, from a simple check of packaging and labelling to a more thorough technical inspection. The parts are then delivered as needed to Rolls-Royce facilities at Ansty and Bristol, to Ministry of Defence locations and to Rolls-Royce customers overseas.
TNT Logistics has operated a parts collection service, which has been rolled out across the UK, Europe and North America over the last three years. Much of the materiel for the naval marine business is already included in this service.
Neil Crossthwaite, Managing Director, TNT Logistics UK, says he is delighted that another Rolls-Royce business has recognised the value of entering into a closer partnership with TNT Logistics. "We have worked very closely with Rolls-Royce over the years to develop state-of-the-art supply chain solutions. Together we have won numerous awards for the efficiencies we have gained through the implementation of these new systems."