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Contract boost to tankers.

STOCKTON logistics firm Stiller Group has invested in its tanker fleet which serves Teesside's GrowHow UK site.

The company said it had spent around pounds 300,000 on four new tankers to service its contract with the Billingham manufacturer.

Stiller Group provides GrowHow with a complete logistics and telemetry monitoring service on a 24/7, 365 basis to ensure stock levels are constantly maintained.

GrowHow provides nitric acid, which it manufactures at its Billingham site, to Huntsman Polyurethanes at Wilton where, in turn, it is used in the production of nitrobenzene and downsteam aniline.

Due to strict minimum acid stock requirements coupled with a limited maximum storage capacity, demand fluctuations for nitric acid rose by as much as 25% during the course of one day said Stiller.

For more than seven years the group had managed these fluctuations, drawing upon its operational experience and building a close working relationship with GrowHow to monitor and coordinate stock levels.

The new tankers, which Stiller Group has purchased specifically to service the GrowHow contract, will further enhance the efficiency and flexibility of the fleet through the increased carrying capacity and improved safety features, the company said.

The new fleet also brought environmental benefits to the supply chain through the reduction of vehicle mileage - due to the increased payload - and, therefore, emissions.

The vehicles have been fitted with the logos of charitable organisations which GrowHow, Stiller and Huntsman support.

Terry Andrews, GrowHow's technical services manager, said: "The increased payloads will significantly reduce the number of deliveries by road to Wilton and therefore reduce the environmental effects. Additionally, health and safety aspects associated with vehicle movement are significantly improved, helping us to meet our primary objective to supply quality assured chemical products, in a safe and professional manner, in line with the needs and expectations of our customers."

Stiller Group - which takes in Stiller Tankers and Stiller Warehousing and Distribution employs around 150 staff on Teesside.

The company has also recently invested pounds 75,000 in its warehousing facility at Newton Aycliffe to gain COMAH (Control of Major Accidents Hazards) accreditation to service a contract in the health and beauty sector.

The move comes on the back of a major pounds 350,000 investment at the site at the end of 2008 to improve racking storage to boost efficiency.

Paul Stiller, Stiller Group's managing director, said: "It's nice to be able to report that we're continuing to invest heavily in the business.

"At Newton Aycliffe we've now invested more than pounds 400,00."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2009
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