The needs and demands of the global supply chains are multi-faceted, increasingly complex and rapidly changing. Knowing what to do next to improve your business and plot a course through this is a constant challenge.

Join us for this key morning session and hear from a panel of leading aerospace and defence supply chain experts on how to adopt the new Aero Excellence international framework, the synergies with the SC21 programme and how the SCS Framework can help you plan your holistic improvement pathway to meet the business needs of the future.


  • 11:00 – 11:10 Welcome
  • 11:10 – 11:15 Gold Award for Supply Chain Excellence introduction   
  • 11:15 – 11:30 Gold award winner Kaefer Group discusses benefits of SC21
  • 11:30 – 11:40 Presentation on UK Aero Excellence deployment plan in the UK
  • 11:40 – 12:10 Panel discussion with Airbus, Thales, Safran and ADS discussing SCS SC21 and Aero Excellence programmes.  
  • 12:10 – 12:15 Final remarks

N.B. you will need to hold a valid Farnborough International Airshow pass to gain access to this event. ADS members wishing to book a trade pass can purchase one at a discounted rate here.

SC21 Competitiveness

Built on 18+ years of success, SC21 (Supply Chains for the 21st Century) focuses on improving competitiveness of the aerospace and defence sectors through supply chain performance, reducing lead times and improving quality through a structured programme of continuous improvement and business excellence. It is a best-in-class improvement programme and optimises the customer-supplier relationship for mutual benefit and in the best interests of the UK’s national prosperity.

It is the cornerstone of the Supply Chain Solutions Framework (SCS) facilitated by ADS and in partnership with the Regional Aerospace Associations. SCS delivers a comprehensive toolkit of services to support companies become more resilient to boost growth, quality and delivery performance. As well as enhancing operational effectiveness, SCS’ scope extends to improving digitalisation and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sustainability maturity.

Aero Excellence

Aero Excellence is a global partnership, piloted initially between France, UK and Germany to drive standardised continuous improvement across the aerospace, defence and space sectors to raise performance and enhance competitiveness in a rapidly evolving global market. 

Through a structured four-step assessment process, companies can self-diagnose their maturity levels and develop targeted roadmaps for improvement. The benefits of participating include heightened operational efficiency, environmental sustainability, and cybersecurity robustness, all of which are validated and recognised by leading customers. It covers all operational activities from industrialisation to repair processes. 

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Nancy Jardine

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 4500
Nancy Jardine