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Briggs Defence celebrates 20 years of ‘Yellow Fleet’


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Date: 5th January 2018

Briggs Defence celebrates 20 years of ‘Yellow Fleet'

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Briggs Defence has been providing global equipment supply and support to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for 20 years and is planning to commemorate the milestone with a special celebration in January 2018.

Evolving to keep pace with the changing defence industry landscape, the specialist division of Briggs Equipment is a respected MOD partner and now provides not only equipment, but also specialist logistics solutions incorporating asset management and engineering support.

Gary Clements from Briggs Defence said: "Maximising our experience and strong relationships has enabled us to become a trusted partner working across both Government and industry sectors.

"By having a focus on delivering value for money and flexibility while also keeping costs down, we've helped the MOD to realise key operational efficiencies, so it's only fitting that we acknowledge the part played by suppliers and our own team and celebrate the 20thanniversary of the ‘Yellow Fleet'."

Between 1997 and 2013 fleet and service support was provided (through Barloworld DLS pre-2012) for the Pathfinder (DSDA/DM) and Triservice Materials Handling Service (TSMHS) contracts, when the fleet was optimised from 5,500 to 3,500 machines.

From 2013-2015, having secured a single £87million contract, Briggs Defence took responsibility for 3,000 assets including defence munitions and logistics and commodities services for the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army.

Since 2015 Briggs Defence has held no less than eight defence-related contracts and is currently supporting 4,000+ assets across 289 locations in 13 countries. As well as the prestigious Defence Mechanical Handling Equipment contract, they include logistics and commodities services support to Kuehne + Nagel spanning five years and support for Babcock Defence Support Group and Landmarc Engineering Services. Briggs Defence also provides engineering support and parts supply for the Protected Engineering Equipment contract and the RAF's Dantruck capability.

Briggs Defence has a proven track record as a complete solution provider, operating one of the country's largest skilled engineering teams across both UK and overseas operations and managing a wide range of equipment, including forklift trucks, plant vehicles, trailers, tow tractors, container handlers and agricultural tractors.

Caption: Briggs Defence is to celebrate 20 years of global equipment supply and support to the Ministry of Defence.

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Editor's Notes

Formerly known as Defence Logistic Support (DLS), Briggs Defence is a specialist division of Briggs Equipment - a unique engineering and equipment provider, which relishes delivering innovation. With a team of more than 600 engineers throughout the UK, the company also provides global equipment and maintenance support. Currently, through its partnership with the Ministry of Defence, Briggs Defence manages in excess of 4,000 assets at 279 MoD sites across 13 countries.

Thesole UK distributor for Yale and Hyster forklifts, Briggs enjoys strategic partnerships that offer customers a total solution and services all the equipment it sells. So, whether it's new, used or short-term hire equipment, Briggs has a proposition far more reaching than materials handling.The company's market leading fleet management tool, BE Portal, plays a pivotal role in driving up standards of customer service and its in-house financing capability, BE Finance, offers customers greater flexibility. Briggs is transforming the industry by placing customers at the heart of everything it does. Discover more@BriggsUK

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