INTERFACE

2020 initiative eliminating negative impact on the environment

Interface is the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet.

THE REQUIREMENT

In Europe, Interface has manufacturing sites in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, and Scherpenzeel, in the Netherlands.

The Knights of Old Group’s association with Interface began in 2008, with frequent inbound services running semi-finished goods for carpet manufacture from Craigavon in Northern Ireland to the Interface Production Unit in Scherpenzeel. Around 99% of the products Interface sells in Europe are manufactured in Europe.

THE SOLUTION

For UK and European distribution, Interface takes advantage of Knights of Old’s wide service portfolio. As part of Partnerlink Europe, Knights of Old operates both groupage and full load services to Ireland and Europe. For Interface, utilising groupage helps prevent trucks travelling with partial loads, reduces emissions and saves more than £229,900 a year in distribution costs.

The Interface supply chain is focused on maximum efficiency, and Knights of Old provide a seamless delivery and backhaul operation of finished product, which is delivered to customers on timed deliveries. Communication between parties is via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

Despite the vast volume of carpet produced in Craigavon every day, there is no warehouse facility on-site. And, given that there is limited parking space for trailers, all products are immediately loaded on the Knights of Old trucks in preparation for dispatch. This part of the operation requires flawless management between Knights of Old and Interface, as a mistake in planning would result in significant lost production time.

As further evidence of the ongoing collaboration between both parties and to help Interface towards it Zero targets, Knights of Old and Interface recently reviewed and optimised the loading efficiency of the trunking line between Craigavon and Scherpenzeel. This in turn further reduced the carbon footprint of linehaul transportation.

VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER

Rob Heeres, Interface’s European Planning & Logistics Director said: "I cannot recall a single incident whereby Knights of Old has let us down. Our operation is a complex process, completely dependent on timing, and having a reliable logistics partner is invaluable to ensure things run smoothly.”



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