CWE Ltd and DB Cargo UK strengthen relationship with new framework agreement

31st July, 2023

CWE Ltd, an independent supply, maintenance, and logistics partner to the rail industry, has signed a 12-month framework agreement with DB Cargo UK, one of the UK’s largest rail freight operators. The agreement, facilitated by CWE’s Centre of Excellence for Rail, will offer new and refurbished parts and services for DB Cargo UK’s freight locomotives and wagons. 

CWE’s business strategy and sustainable practice centres around repairing, overhauling, and reusing reconditioned parts instead of newly manufactured ones, wherever possible. This commitment ensures that CWE reduces waste and carbon emissions in its operations, which is then passed on through the supplier chain via framework agreements, without compromising reliability or durability.

CWE’s operational approach aligns perfectly with DB Cargo UK’s goal of providing sustainable and innovative rail logistics solutions to its customers. The framework agreement will assist DB Cargo UK in delivering its strategy and support CWE’s commercial growth.

It is CWE and DB Cargo UK’s first arrangement of this kind and is an extension of a strong existing customer relationship built by CWE Commercial Manager, Ricky Ravenhill and Sam Stewart, Procurement Manager at DB Cargo UK. The partnership will ensure that more parts and services are readily available, reducing downtime and assisting in the movement of the 36.7 million net tonnes of goods transported by DB Cargo UK annually.

Dave Bates, Commercial Director at CWE, comments:

“We’re delighted to strengthen our existing partnership with DB Cargo UK with this new framework agreement. The collaboration between such a well-established and key player in rail freight logistics and ourselves demonstrates our proven track record of working on major rail projects. 

“Our repair, refurbishment, and replacement capabilities are specifically designed to keep rolling stock on the tracks while minimising downtime and lowering carbon emissions. We are excited to collaborate with DB Cargo UK and demonstrate the value of refurbishing within the freight industry.”

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