The contract, which covers Sulzer’s 25 UK facilities, sees MSC appointed as Sulzer’s preferred supplier for metalworking and MRO categories, including tooling, PPE and general consumables, alongside the provision of engineering support. MSC was awarded the contract following a competitive tender involving five suppliers.
Primarily, MSC will devise and implement vending solutions at five of Sulzer’s largest UK manufacturing sites in Birmingham, Leeds, Hungerford and two facilities in Aberdeen. It will then roll-out bespoke solutions at the other UK sites.
In light of restrictions due to Covid-19, MSC has been handling the implementation virtually, with its engineering team identifying ways to reduce and rationalise Sulzer’s tooling requirements prior to the vending solutions being installed.
A major focus of the contract will also see MSC support Sulzer in the relocation of its Birmingham operation to a nearby 96,000 sq ft purpose-built facility.
Wioleta Stelmasińska, global category specialist at Sulzer, says: “As a forward thinking and technologically innovative business, Sulzer is pleased to partner with an equally advanced and ambitious company like MSC. In addition to MSC’s impressive reputation for delivering excellent customer service, the team understands our business goals and has the scope of product, engineering expertise, and bespoke vending solutions we require to help us prepare for the future while driving continuous improvement across our business.”
Mathew Kavanagh, head of engineering at MSC, adds: “Changing suppliers in the current climate is a huge decision for Sulzer and the fact they have put their trust in MSC is something we are very proud of. More than ever, cost-saving initiatives and engineering expertise are critical to helping manufacturing businesses achieve competitive advantage. We look forward to working together and delivering a smooth and seamless implementation which will provide Sulzer with a robust platform to cater for the future demands of manufacturing and help it deliver even further operational excellence.”