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Tarmac is implementing a regional distribution model for its cement and lime division, which will see Eddie Stobart, Abbey Logistics and Pollock (Scotrans) join its lineup of haulage providers, MT can reveal.

After more than six years operating a national distribution model handled by the construction material supplier’s own fleet, with support from Wincanton, Proctors Transport and Lomas Distribution, it will switch to a regional setup.

Tarmac’s own fleet will still handle around 50% of bulk cement and 20% of packed cement distribution following the restructure, supported by five distribution providers signed up to five-year contracts, which are effective from December 2018.

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They are: Abbey Logistics (bulk cement - Scotland); Pollocks (packed cement - Scotland & North); Lomas Distribution (bulk and packed cement - central); Wincanton (bulk and packed cement - South West); Eddie Stobart (bulk and packed cement - South East); and Proctors (packed cement - Barnstone plant).


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Tarmac’s lime & powders operation will remain fully subcontracted on a national basis to Lomas Distribution (bulk lime and powders, and lime tippers) and RR Andrews (powder tipper operations).

Mike Eberlin, MD at Tarmac Cement and Lime, said: “Our supply chain and logistics operations are crucial to maintaining Tarmac Cement and Lime’s position as the UK’s market leader.

“The new regional transport operating model will provide enhanced resilience, flexibility, service, cost and safety for our customers, who trust us to deliver the products they need to realise major projects.

“With a demanding pipeline of construction and infrastructure projects coming online across the country, now is the perfect time for us to proactively change. Our strengthened network capability means we’re able to offer a better, more flexible service to meet customer requirements going forward.”