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Carus is back to two in Wales

31st January 2002
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• Anglo-Dutch steel maker Corus has cut the number of hauliers it uses to distribute strip steel in South Wales from six to two in a "drive for value".

Only five years ago the firm used more than 100 hauliers to deliver finished steel to customers, but with iron and steel making ceasing at Lianwern, and the closure of finishing plants in Ebbw Vale and Bryngwyn the whole market changed.

Faber Prest Distribution and Canine Transport are now the sole suppliers of road haulage to Corus Strip Products UK. A spokesman for Carus says: "It is worth noting that the reduction in our road haulage supplier base follows a shift towards rail transport for deliveries of steel in the UK and, to an extent, the restructuring that has taken place within the steel industry in the UK in recent times.'' Lloyds of Ludlow was one of the axed hauliers. Transport manager Cohn Vickress says: "It was very disappointing not to be selected after 30 years working with Corus, but there was nothing we could do about the decision.

"We will continue to work with Corus indirectly as a sub contractor to one of the prE ferred suppliers."

The other unsuccessful bic ders were Llanelli-based Ower Road Services, Newport hauliE Ken Jones Transport (Goldcliff and Roger G Miles.

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