Lots Group, an independent company within Scania, has been awarded a major contract for the transport of sugar cane in Brazil. Operating its own dedicated fleet of Scania G 540s 6×4 trucks, Lots will annually transport 1.5 million tons of sugar cane on behalf of Cocal, a leading Brazilian producer of sugar, ethanol and bioenergy.
Cocal manages over 130,000 hectares of sugar cane and operates a fleet of approximately 300 heavy trucks to manage logistics from its fields to refineries. The outsourced transport arrangement to Lots is a first for Cocal as the company seeks new ways of improving its supply chain effectiveness.
“This is a highly interesting project for us to further improve our operations,” says Renan Ludwig Paiva, Agriculture Manager at Cocal. “Transport constitutes a major expense in our operation and we need to look at every aspect to make it more efficient.”
Lots will set up its control tower solution to manage the optimisation of production flow and dispatching. While Lots manages its own fleet and drivers, the transport will be carried out in close collaboration with Cocal’s other operations to ensure smooth and effective delivery. The contract represents a breakthrough into the agricultural sector for Lots and builds upon its existing operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America.