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Downton reinforces expertise with multiple contract extensions

Gloucestershire logistics firm CM Downton has secured four new contract extensions, cementing its position as a key player in the distribution of paper, cardboard and sustainable packaging products.

Demonstrating its market strength and expertise in sector, which now accounts for around 30 per cent of total business, Downton, which is owed by EV Cargo, has sealed distribution agreements with Saica Pack, Stora Enso and SCA.

Winning additional distribution business with long-term customer Saica Pack, Downton will deliver paper reels inbound to the Newport manufacturing plant and distribute finished corrugated packaging to Saica Pack's customer base - cutting out empty miles. Managing up to 15 loads per day, Downton has an on-site planner to oversee a small core fleet and link into the company's wider transport network of over 500 vehicles.

Operating a national distribution contract for Stora Enso, the company is also transporting paper reels from the port of Tilbury to a diverse range of customers in the newsprint, magazine and packaging sectors. The contract includes the operation of specialist trailers.

In line with its focus on developing long-term customer accounts, Downton has extended a contract with SCA. Paper reels from the port of Sheerness are delivered to packaging manufacturers nationwide, helping to reduce empty mileage and emissions.

In addition, Downton has also extended its relationship with toy manufacturer Mattel after a competitive tender. Carrying out national distribution to the UK's largest retailers from the Mattel distribution centre in Leicester, the contract also fits particularly well with existing work - enhancing efficiency and reducing waste.

Zac Brown

Zac Brown, managing director of CM Downton, said: "Downton is renowned for building long-term customer relationships by focusing on quality and efficient solutions. Building on that reputation, and in line with EV Cargo's strategy for growth, we've been successful in securing these key contract extensions.

"Not only do they reinforce our expertise in the paper and packaging sector, but the regional spread integrates well with current network flows to optimise national operations, drive efficiencies, add customer value and reduce waste."

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