C4 Logistics wins Europe-wide contract with Cooper Standard

C4 Logistics is now operating as the preferred supplier for time-critical parts logistics for Cooper Standard across Europe. The contract means that C4 Logistics will step in if parts supply into Cooper Standard’s plants is interrupted, and also if the flow from Cooper Standard to its carmaker clients needs intervention.

Sébastien Barth, C4 Logistics Group Managing Director, comments:

“C4 Logistics will ensure that Cooper Standard gets the parts it needs from its suppliers at the right time, and act to ensure Cooper Standard’s rubber and plastic sealing, fuel and brake lines, fluid transfer hoses and anti-vibration systems get to the right place at the right time, ­­ with total transparency about where the parts are at all times.”

A major tier supplier, Cooper Standard has steadily invested time and resources into making its supply chain lean and optimised, and in managing its capacity in an efficient manner. To win a logistics contract from Cooper Standard an LSP has to operate at an equivalent level of efficiency.

Until 1998, Cooper Standard was primarily a US-based supplier with only 11 production facilities, including one in the UK. Since then, the company has expanded through international acquisitions, and has a significant footprint in Europe. In 2013, Cooper Standard announced a growth strategy that provides a roadmap to double the size of the company. With that expansion came a complete overhaul of its supply-chain operations. Now Cooper Standard uses Six Sigma and lean principles at the heart of its approach to continuously improving logistics. To successfully operate a lean supply chain, transparency is essential.

Group Commercial Director, Frédéric Césarion, says:

“As well as the competitive edge and the excellent reliability C4 Logistics offers, Cooper Standard really liked the very high level of transparency and control offered by our systems, particularly C4 SightTM. We give our customers 100% access to their shipments and the big data that comes with them, with in-depth KPIs measuring their expedited freight consumption from any angle.”

The C4 Logistics contract, which started operations in 5 July 2016, encompasses Cooper Standard’s 22 factories in Europe: Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Poland, France, Serbia and Romania.

Cooper Standard (http://www.cooperstandard.com/) headquartered in Novi, Michigan. USA, is a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. It employs more than 30,000 people globally and operates in 20 countries around the world.

C4 Logistics is a non-asset owning company that specialises in using technology and intelligent tracking technology C4 Sight to meet their customers’ exacting standards. C4 Logistics can collect anywhere in Europe within two hours, and offers a money-back guarantee on its transit times. The company also offers specialised services for dangerous, sensitive, or temperature-controlled shipments, alongside road- and air-freight options.

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Written by
Frederic Cesarion
Group Commercial Director at C4 Logistics
Fred joined the management team at C4 Logistics in 2007 as a time critical delivery specialist. Having originally started as a nightshift warehouse operator, Fred rose through the ranks to manage regional and national logistics across the UK and France.

With over 20 years’ experience in logistics and supply chain management working for the likes of Gefco Special and Frans Maas (now DSV), Fred prides himself on his attention to detail in managing time critical logistics, both operationally and commercially.

Fred has a degree in Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS) Transports et Logistique (Transports and Logistics technical degree, with a strong focus on supply chain, project management, P&L and commercial).
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