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Cat and Carillion team up for MoD bid

27 Oct 14 Caterpillar and its UK dealer Finning have formed a joint venture with Carillion and US logistics firm Ryder to bid to take over acquire the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Support Group (DSG).

The four companies have set up Defence Equipment Services Ltd (DESL) as a specific purpose vehicle to take over DSG.

DESL says that it has the capability “to transform DSG from a transactional provider of equipment servicing, maintenance, repair, overhaul and spare parts supplier into an agile and responsive MoD partner”.

Finning divisional general manager Gary Burden said: “Having worked with the MoD supporting numerous platforms for many years, we saw an opportunity to play a key role in DESL, helping to bring a new entrant into the sector.  DESL is the right partner for our armed forces, they have the aptitude and capability to deliver future support as and when required; no matter how demanding.  As a new entrant into the sector, DESL is not bound by the traditional assumptions of established defence contractors; it will bring commercial best practice, innovation and a competitive edge to the sector.

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“With all of the members of DESL having experience in delivering consistently high standards of customer service, quality products and high responsiveness to customer needs, DESL will be well placed to build a culture of personal accountability and engagement. This will ultimately help to build on the excellent DSG capabilities and further transform it into a high performing organisation. 

“In addition to our services and facilities, we are relishing the opportunity, should we be successful, for mutual training and development, working with future DESL employees, sharing best practice and enhancing skills to the benefit of all involved. Our strong training and apprenticeship programme will also help to support the continued development of the highly skilled engineers the defence and plant sectors need in the future.”

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