Wincanton is taking over a major part of Marshalls’ transport operations, after signing a new-five year outsourcing deal with the building products manufacturer.

Up to 300 staff will transfer from Marshalls and join Wincanton’s team of over 20,300 employees as part of the partnership, with a phased migration of Marshalls sites to Wincanton taking place in the coming months.

Under the new partnership, Marshalls’ landscape products fleet will now be managed and operated by Wincanton, which will also manage Marshalls’ landscape products and brick and masonry subcontractors. Marshalls’ mortars and screeds, civils and drainage and landscape protection divisions, alongside yard operations, will remain in-house..

The partnership will see Wincanton oversee the movement of over 3.5 million tonnes of products per year.

EyeQ, Wincanton’s flagship digital transport platform, will play a central role, underpinning a data-led solution to deliver the fully managed transport service and covering all vehicles, regardless of ownership. Wincanton said the platform will help cut costs and deliver a more sustainable outcome for Marshalls.

The new partnership also builds on Wincanton’s contract with Marley Roofing Products - a division of Marshalls - aligning the national transport network under one framework.

Carl Hanson, Wincanton MD of group transport, said: ”It is testament to the quality of our people and innovative technology that Marshalls has chosen to outsource its national transport network to Wincanton. EyeQ, our digital transport platform, will deliver quality, cost and sustainability benefits for Marshalls own and subcontractor vehicles.

“We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to Wincanton, as we accelerate Marshalls’ progress towards becoming the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable solutions for the built environment.”

Simon Bourne, Marshalls chief operating officer, added: “As our business has grown, so has the volume and complexity of items that we deliver and we’re at a point in our journey where we need to look at the future of this specialist area.

“Wincanton are a leading supply chain partner for many of the UK’s most recognisable brands and, as a long-term supplier to our roofing division Marley, we have an excellent opportunity to extend a highly successful relationship.

“By partnering with Wincanton, we will be taking advantage of their programme to invest in diesel-alternative fuel options, contributing to our sustainability goals. We’re also supporting our drive for continuous improvement for our customers, including improving delivery times, access to more specialist vehicles and consistent delivery tracking.”