Electrical installation supplier Rexel has won a new contract with Babcock International, an engineering support service organisation for sectors including defence, energy, transport and education.

The contract will see Rexel companies Newey & Eyre and WF Electrical supply a range of electrical products to Babcock Group, supporting the company’s key objective to reduce its emissions by as much as 75%.

One of the ways they hope to achieve this is by storing a large amount of product on-site as consignment stock, therefore reducing the number of deliveries that are needed, and lowering carbon emissions. In addition, by bulk buying stock the company expects to reduce packaging by as much as five percent per year.

One of the businesses that will be supported in the contract include Babcock infrastructure – the company’s dedicated business that offers support to both HMS Excellence and HMS Raleigh and also manages a number of army barracks which house a large number of army personnel. Both Rexel companies will be providing this department with consignment stock that will be stored on-site, ensuring that products are always readily available.

Further to this, the company will be supplying stock to both Babcock rail and the critical assets business, that is responsible for maintaining a dedicated area at Gatwick Airport used exclusively by the armed forces. The final division is Babcock nuclear – the UK’s largest specialist nuclear support services organisation.

Keith Johnstone, national account manager for Rexel, commented, “We will be working in partnership with the Babcock Group to help them to meet energy reduction targets by specifying more energy efficient products and also advising what other measures we can recommend such as purchasing rationalisation, in order to make further savings.”

Danny Harris, supply chain and procurement manager for Babcock International, commented, “The consignment stock element is crucial to our business – helping us to not only reduce our carbon emissions, but also in terms of security. By lowering the number of deliveries it helps to reduce security implications and therefore the paperwork that surrounds them, helping us to work smarter.”