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Brammer wins major new Tata Steel contract

Brammer wins major new Tata Steel contract
Brammer, the UK's leading supplier of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, has secured a major new contract with Tata Steel UK.

The general bearings contract, which is initially for three years, is part of Tata Steel's Inventory & Stores Optimisation (ISO) project to reduce total cost of ownership. Brammer will work closely with Tata end users across all of its UK manufacturing locations, and strategically partner with the market's leading bearing manufacturers, to optimise technical support, operational performance and overall cost over the contract lifetime.

Brammer will provide dedicated site-based resource to implement the contract requirements as well as additional resources to support an inventory management project at all locations during the initial months of the contract.  In addition, a team of Brammer engineers will assist Tata Steel engineers in the correct choice and application of bearings, working closely with Tata Steel's preferred bearing suppliers.

Ian Ritchie, Managing Director of Brammer UK, explained: "We are delighted to be working with Tata Steel to assist them with the optimisation of their UK-wide approach to the procurement and inventory management of bearings. The agreed approach will deliver a strong focus on inventory levels and lead-time management performance, ensuring the right products are in the right place at the right time. In addition, our technical team will provide continuous support to the Tata Steel engineering team to help them achieve production efficiency improvements."

Graham Lewis, Senior Sourcing Lead, Tata Steel, who is responsible for implementation and management of the contract, added: "This contract is a step change from our normal way of choosing suppliers, with end users being at the forefront of the decision-making process. We are confident that the right choice has been made, and working with Brammer will make a significant difference to our cost base."

Chris Ditton, Manager, Engineering Procurement at Tata Steel UK, commented: "The contract will ensure that our engineers have their existing preferred bearing brands available, while Brammer will be able to help release value to the business through technical support, shortened lead times and consignment stocking arrangements."

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