WJ gets Costain’s Blue for excellence on Smart Motorways

Costain has again awarded specialist road marking business WJ Group the top ‘Defining Blue’ supply chain status for two smart motorway contracts on the M1.

Under the ‘Defining Blue’ supply chain review system, performance is colour-coded with Blue signifying excellence.

WJ has been one of Costain’s top performing suppliers for just over two years and has again been awarded ‘Defining Blue’ status for Smart Motorway contracts at junctions 28-31 and junctions 32-35 on the M1.

Andy Walker, commercial director at WJ,  said: ‘To achieve high standards for a period is commendable but to deliver that level of performance in a demanding environment, sustained over two years, is truly excellent.’

Sarah Jane Waith, Costain’s head of supply chain, said: ‘The ongoing defining blue performance from WJ is a fantastic achievement which highlights great collaboration with our project teams and demonstrates the value it brings to our client.’

Technology-based engineering solutions provider Costain is committed to operating a collaborative, sustainable supply chain where its partners support in delivering efficient, innovative and sustainable solutions.

It demands the same high standards and values from its supply chain as it does from its own organisation. ‘Costain Cares’ is a vision to build a long-term sustainable business that creates economic, environmental and social value and sees its supply chain relationships as fundamental to achieving that vision.

Since the introduction of the ‘Defining Blue’ supply chain review system, the performance management process has been a more qualitative and proactive measure of performance, whereby expectations are communicated on a quarterly basis against agreed criteria including Safety, Quality, People, Cost and Time.

WJ is aligned with that aim and benefits from training from the Costain’s Supply Chain Academy, whilst sharing ongoing developments and best practice through the Costain Supply Chain Innovation Portal.

The firm offers permanent and temporary road markings, road studs, high friction and safety surfacing, asphalt repair, Hydroblast line removal and surface retexturing.

For more on this story see the October issue of Highways.


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