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Brammer 'toasts contract success with leading brewer'

23 November 2010

Brammer, the UK supplier of manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, has clinched a major contract to supply a full range of MRO products to brewer and distiller Diageo

The deal covers 37 facilities in Scotland, four in Northern Ireland, and the packaging, canning and bottling plant at Runcorn in Cheshire.

Following a highly competitive process involving several MRO suppliers, Brammer won the contract based on its ability to offer a complete partnership approach which would offer significant added value, well beyond simply saving costs on individual components.

It has already enabled Diageo to substantially reduce its supplier base in many MRO product categories, such as bearings, and helped reduce purchasing administration costs through an innovative self billing system.

Diageo had recently embarked on an internal Asset Management Improvement System (AMIS) and views the effective sourcing and management of MRO spares as integral to the success of this initiative. An extensive review of business requirements and potential sources of supply culminated in a decision to work with one single source of MRO supply.

Tony McCartney, Supplier Performance Manager at Diageo added: “Brammer’s response in the opening months of this venture has been fantastic. The level of co-ordination, energy and focus required to deliver to a very complex array of sites, processes and stakeholders has been exceptional, and Diageo applauds the Brammer team for the manner in which they have engaged our people.

“In partnering with Brammer, Diageo’s Manufacturing Services Procurement Team feels that we are now well placed to deliver great value to the business in the coming years. Brammer’s expertise in sourcing and technical know-how, strengthened by the network of industry experts at its disposal, gives us a real opportunity to reduce our operating costs significantly.”

Pete Malpas, Key Account Manager - Food & Drink at Brammer, explained: “To clinch a UK-wide contract with Diageo is a major achievement for Brammer and confirms our ability to offer not just rapid supply of a complete range of MRO spares for highly varied and specialised requirements, but a genuine partnership geared to extracting maximum value for Diageo.

“Like so many multi-site manufacturers, Diageo was looking to reduce the number of vendors of similar products and the overall administration burden. The solution we have offered, based around a single ordering system with automated self-billing, allows Diageo’s procurement, engineering and maintenance team to focus on other key business areas.”


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