Suttons Tanker truck

Widnes-based Suttons Tankers has bought DHL Supply Chain’s domestic bulk commodity chemical business.

The deal  sees Suttons Tankers operating chemical transportation from sites in Billingham, County Durham and Runcorn.

DHL’s dedicated services in packed chemicals, bitumen, lubricants and fuels remain with DHL.

Just over a year ago Suttons Tankers, which operates a 500-strong fleet, bought the trade of Bullard, which specialised in the chemical waste and fuels sector.

Michael Cundy, MD of Suttons Tankers, said: “We see DHL’s bulk commodity chemical business as complementary to our existing offer and in line with our strategic commitment to this market.

"Customers can be assured Suttons will maintain the high levels of service and safety they expected from DHL.

“This acquisition shows Suttons’ continued commitment to the bulk chemical sector and the benefits of a national shared user-support network.”

Read more

Stuart Carlyon, VP, operations industrial transport within network logistics and transport division, DHL Supply Chain, said: “We welcome this approach by Suttons Group.

"Like us, Suttons is a premium operator working in specialised logistics, utilising highly-skilled driver, workshop and support staff with an emphasis on safety and customer service.”

A spokesman for Suttons confirmed to that all Billingham staff and assets have been transferred to Suttons’ Stockton site, while Runcorn staff have moved to Suttons’ Widnes depot.

The remaining drivers are based at our Willenhall depot.

Suttons Group specialises in delivering products and services to the chemicals, gases, fuels and food sectors in the UK and internationally.

Its latest financial results for the year to 30 April 2018, Suttons Tankers revealed a 14.3% fall in turnover to £70m (2017: £82m). However, pre-tax profit leaped from £203,965 to £1.5m during the period.