Harriett Baldwin, Minister for Defence Procurement, has opened a new £83m Defence Fulfilment Centre (DFC) in Donnington, Shropshire.
Kuehne + Nagel (on behalf of Team Leidos, the MOD’s delivery partner) is managing the facility, which will become a central logistics hub for military storage and distribution. The DFC will store and deliver essentials such as food, clothing and medical supplies to military service men and women both in the UK and abroad.
The 80,000 sq m facility – the size of 10 football pitches – includes two large warehouses and a supporting office. It will utilise Kuehne + Nagel’s integrated logistics services to improve delivery times and efficiency. It is part of the MOD’s Logistic Commodities and Services Transformation (LCST) programme, which will deliver financial saving of £500m over the 13-year contract.
Baldwin said: “The Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington will transform the way we store and distribute essential supplies to the Armed Forces who keep us safe. Supported by our rising defence budget, this £83m investment and partnership with leading logistics specialists is concrete evidence of our determination to give our personnel the very best support wherever they are in the world.”
Chief of Material (Land) at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Lieutenant General Paul Jaques, said: “The Defence Fulfilment Centre will transform the way we support our servicemen and servicewomen. Contribution to Operational Readiness through the provision of supplies and commodities to our Armed Forces will be on a par with industry best practice as a result of this investment in state-of-the art facilities.
"The opening of this centre on time and on budget is testament to the close and positive collaboration between Defence Equipment and Support, and Team Leidos. I very much look forward to seeing this fabulous facility fully operational in 2019.”