May 17, 2020

Briggs Equipment wins GBP2 million contract with major automotive supplier

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Briggs Equipment wins GBP2 million contract with major automotive supplier
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Stadco, a major Tier One supplier to the automotive industry, has chosen Briggs Equipment as its mater...

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<p>Stadco, a major Tier One supplier to the automotive industry, has chosen <a href="">Briggs Equipment</a> as its materials handling partner. The new contract sees the company taking delivery of a fleet of Hyster forklift trucks with a capital value of &pound;2 million.</p>

<p>Stadco is an industry leader in the supply of Body-In-White products and services to the automotive industry. It is recognised as providing world-class capability, particularly in the manufacture of aluminium products - now widely used to save weight and improve fuel economy. Across four sites in the UK it employs around 1,000 people, producing some of the most technically challenging panels and assemblies on a vehicle for customers such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford, GM and BMW.</p>

<p>Stadco&#39;s new materials handling fleet comprises 50+ Hyster LPG counterbalance forklift trucks, which are a mix of 3.0, 5.0 and 7.0 tonne standard and compact Spacesaver trucks. Hyster is renowned for delivering a winning combination of quality, reliability and performance, while customers also benefit from the brand&#39;s low cost of ownership. Using engine technology which gives a fuel saving of up to 20 per cent without adversely impacting on productivity, the Hyster machines will help to reduce&nbsp;<a href="; target="_self">Stadco&#39;s</a>&nbsp;operating costs, while also contributing to a reduction in the company&#39;s carbon footprint.</p>

<p>Hyster&#39;s Spacesaver truck benefits from a powerful new engine plus a new mast design, which allows for greater mast lowering speeds and a larger window to optimise the driver&#39;s 180 degree panoramic field of vision. Meanwhile, its more compact frame saves valuable space that can be used for extra storage in applications such as wood, paper, manufacturing and logistics. Overall, these improvements contribute to better performance and reliability when working in tight warehouse spaces.</p>

<p>Briggs&nbsp;Equipment won the business following a complex and detailed competitive tender process over several months. The new equipment has been acquired on a five-year lease incorporating full service and maintenance. The deal includes Briggs Equipment&#39;s intelligent fleet management system, which will enable Stadco to take greater control of its new materials&nbsp;handling fleet.</p>

<p>The Hyster forklifts will be used to load product, which is stacked in delivery stillages, onto lorries for transport to customer assembly plants. They will be deployed across Stadco&#39;s UK manufacturing facilities in Telford, Shrewsbury, Castle Bromwich and Powys.</p>

<p>Stadco was impressed with the total solution offered by&nbsp;<a href="//; target="_self">Briggs Equipment</a>, which provides significant&nbsp;financial flexibility. A commitment to service support was a critical factor in Stadco&#39;s decision-making process. In particular, it values Briggs Equipment&#39;s ability to deploy one of its team of highly skilled engineers to site within three hours of receiving a call to report a breakdown or request assistance.</p>

<p>A further influencer was BE Portal, Briggs Equipment&#39;s innovative web-based reporting tool. BE Portal is a transparent fleet management system that enables customers to review KPI&#39;s, providing 24/7 access to up to date, reliable information.&nbsp;It will also enable Stadco to monitor service performance on a continual basis.</p>

<p>Dinos Andreou, Sales and Marketing Director at Stadco, said: &quot;Hyster has earned a reputation for excellent build quality and reliability, so it should suit our exacting demands.</p>

<p>&quot;Briggs Equipment took the time to understand our requirements and proffered a complete materials handling package that, in a nutshell, should give us everything we wanted.&quot;</p>

<p>Paul Robinson, Hyster Regional Sales Executive at Briggs Equipment, said: &quot;This is an important new business win for us and we look forward to working in partnership with Stadco and supporting its market-leading manufacturing operation.</p>

<p>&quot;Contract flexibility was important to Stadco and we will review the contract regularly to ensure it continues to meet the company&#39;s needs. With our fleet management tool fitted to the machines, Stadco will find it easier to control driver access and meet its health and safety responsibilities which, in turn, will contribute to a culture of safe working&nbsp;practices to help drive down any damage costs.&quot;</p>

<p>Briggs Equipment UK Ltd is the world&#39;s largest global distributor of Hyster and Yale Europe Materials Handling equipment. Briggs products give you outstanding quality, productivity and reliability to ensure maximum uptime for your business; from a global manufacturer. From outright purchase, lease or short-term hire, Briggs delivers unique flexibility and contracts to suit your business needs. Our dedicated account managers, expert back-office support and 600 multi-skilled engineers all have the same goal of giving you an unrivalled customer experience and adding value through unique, tailored solutions.</p>

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

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Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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