Family-run haulier C Butt has just signed an exclusive deal with Engineered Foam Products (EFP) to supply all its national freight services from its Northampton-based manufacturing facility. This three-year deal follows a successful partnership between the two businesses.
Driven by the increasing demand for thermally efficient expanded foam products from the construction and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) sectors, the partnership has seen the two companies working together as part of a 12-month project. They have streamlined EFP’s logistics, reduced driver waiting times, cut carbon emissions and maintained a high on-time delivery standard.
“With our joint focus on sustainability and efficiency this partnership means a higher volume is being shipped with fewer trailers every week. We have integrated our teams with the manufacturing teams of EFP, we attend their daily production planning meetings, have a dedicated transport manager on site and use our own fleet for the vast majority of jobs. The environmental benefits have been significant and for EFP, a company which shares our commitment to sustainability, this has been an exciting development,” commented Jonathan Butt, C Butt Managing Director.
One of the biggest environmental advantages in this partnership is that both companies are located on the same industrial estate, which will enable C Butt to monitor in real-time trailer movements to streamline loading and unloading. The haulier has also optimised deliveries by upscaling trailer capacity and reducing road miles through geographically scheduled deliveries.
Other highlights from this new partnership to date include a cut in the use of smaller, rigid vehicles, thanks to C Butt’s fleet management and planning and a reduction in the number of vehicles on the road due to the increased capacity of the haulier’s mega trailers, which has expanded capacity from 65-70m3to 80-90m3.
“Prior to working with C Butt our Northampton site was close to logistical capacity. So, when we won a large construction contract in 2020, we knew we needed to reorganise to be prepared for a very strong bounce back, to pre-pandemic levels of demand. With C Butt at the reins of our logistics we have been able to confidently grow and cater for any order uplifts whether forecasted or not, this level of supply previously would have been extremely challenging,” said David Vallance, Engineered Foam Products’ Chief Executive.
“We are convinced that C Butt are the right logistics partner to support our growth ambitions and this contract is a key part of our commitment to keeping pace with the increased demand and delivery of thermally efficient materials expected in the coming years,” David concluded.