A century-old West Midlands manufacturer has won a deal to supply maintenance services to the Mini plant in Swindon.
Deritend – which got its name from starting out at the ‘dirty end’ of Birmingham – has agreed to provide ongoing maintenance services to the plant, which produces body panels for Mini.
As part of the new partnership, Deritend will be permanently stationing a member of staff at the Swindon facility, whose remit will be to undertake ongoing equipment analysis and general maintenance throughout the duration of the three year contract.
Andy Lord, group contracts manager at Deritend, said: “This contract is a great victory for us and one that will serve to greatly enhance our profile in the automotive industry.
“The tender process was highly competitive, but we have a long and proven track record working on contracts of this nature which set us apart from the competition.”
He added: “By stationing an operative at the Swindon plant we are able to get under the skin of the business and truly understand their processes and way of working.
“When it comes to our customers, it’s not just about ‘troubleshooting’ and reacting to maintenance requirements, it is about proactively seeking to improve processes and driving efficiency across the board.”