Wincanton delivering global logistics for land, sea and air

Award-winning Wincanton is a leading provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions with a proven track-record of designing, implementing and managing secure, scalable and efficient operations for many of the world’s leading aerospace (rotary and fixed wing) and defence manufacturers.

A trusted partner with over 60 years’ experience in the sector, the company was the first ever recipient of the SC21 (Supply Chains in the 21st Century) Gold Award in the UK.

This accolade, which sets the benchmark for excellence when it comes to supply chain management within the defence sector, was achieved following a year-long performance review which saw Wincanton score 99.98 percent for the quality of its services and 100 percent for delivery effectiveness.

The defence and security sectors create a very particular set of pressures and challenges which, in turn, require specialist supply chain solutions with experts that understand this complex and compliance-driven environment.

At Wincanton this expertise comes as standard, supported by an established infrastructure that includes tailored IT platforms and robust processes that deliver leading edge warehousing and transport solutions.

That is why many of the sectors’ leading manufacturers, such as BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and AgustaWestland, are long-standing customers, underlining the company’s credibility in this competitive and complex market.

What’s more, coupled to its long track record of delivering success within the defence and security sectors, Wincanton also draws upon and deploys expertise gained across many civilian sectors, including retail, consumer goods, construction, energy, water, milk and bulk food, for many of the UK’s most respected household name brands, such as Argos, M&S, B&Q, Cemex, Dairy Crest and Sainsbury’s.

Evidenced by the SC21 Gold success, a commitment to continuous improvement within all operations is demonstrated across Wincanton’s operations, with services including:

In-service and on-base support

Wincanton has the capability, expertise and experience to operate “behind the wire” and support many functions including spares supply and maintenance logistics provision. Dedicated teams are located at MoD bases across the UK.

Through-life logistics

Provision of bespoke packaging solutions, repair and overhaul management and specialist services such as 24/7 air on the ground cover.

Kitting and production logistics

Support for production of any military platform through the provision of services such as vendor management, vendor collections, receipt, inspections, non-conformance management, inventory control and kitting to in-house designed and manufactured kit media delivered just in time.

Repair, overhaul and engineering support

To ensure the longevity of military platforms, Wincanton provides logistics solutions to ensure that repair and overhaul loops are appropriately supported. This encompasses management of unserviceable and serviceable assets removed from platforms and repair management.

Packaging, design and manufacture

Specialist design and manufacture of protective packaging that ensures safe transit of equipment for the harshest environments. Trained to the UK MoD’s design standard, Wincanton’s teams manage the complete packaging lifecycle from initial design and manufacture, through to assembly and refurbishment of containers. Responsible for over 100,000 packaging designs for major primes, the company works to the following standards:


  • Def-Stan 81-41
  • STANAG 4280
  • Mil-Atd 2073

Civil and commercial:

  • British Standard 1133
  • ISPM 15

Transport and freight forwarding

As a provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions, Wincanton is recognised as an expert in the planning and execution of transport solutions from the management of inbound collections from vendors to arranging international delivery services.

Training for a better future

Wincanton’s philosophy to attain and maintain best- in-class service excellence demands that the highest skilled individuals operate across all service areas. To support this, Wincanton has developed a range of training programmes that are available to customers as well as its own employees.


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