The Achieving Supply Chain Excellence event is sponsored by the National Physical Laboratory and is being attended by more than 150 aerospace and defence industry supply chain representatives. The programme helps small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the aerospace and defence sectors to make operational improvements, reduce overheads and improve their potential to grow.
- A&G Precision Engineering Ltd from Poulton-le-Fylde in England
- Denroy Plastics Ltd from Bangor, Northern Ireland
- Moyola Precision Engineering Ltd from Castledawson, Northern Ireland.
Silver performance awards to four companies:
- Kuehne + Nagel Ltd – Houndstone from Yeovil, England
- Kuehne + Nagel Ltd – Leonardo Production Stores from Yeovil, England
- Electrical Manufacturing Centre – Leonardo Helicopters Division from Yeovil, England
- Allan Webb Ltd from Stonehouse, England.
Bronze performance awards to six companies:
- Two from Northern Ireland – RW Powder Coatings from Comber and Vita Materials Ltd from Dunmurry
- All Metal Service – Avonmouth from Bristol, England
- Scientific Management International Ltd from Andover, England
- Stop-choc Ltd from Slough, England
- Croom Precision Engineering Ltd from Croom, Republic of Ireland.
A further nine companies will be re-awarded with silver award status, and 22 saw their bronze level accreditation re-awarded.
Performance awards will also be presented to award winners who were not able to attend previous award ceremonies.
The programme aims to support SMEs who supply major manufacturers such as Airbus, Babcock, BAE Systems, Bombardier, Leonardo, Rockwell Collins, Rolls Royce and Thales, helping the whole of the UK’s aerospace and defence industries raise their ability to compete in international markets.
The SC21 programme is coordinated and governed by ADS, the UK trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.
ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:
“It’s great to see so many aerospace and defence supply chain companies being recognised for the quality of their work.
“I’d like to congratulate all of those companies who have worked hard to achieve their awards. Seeing three companies win the Gold performance award in particular is a fantastic achievement and I hope to see more people achieving Gold performance awards in the future.
“As we approach Brexit, it is important for supply chain companies to plan ahead and ensure they continue to focus on quality, cost and delivery. This is the best way to maintain the confidence of customers and navigate the headwinds and uncertainties associated with leaving the EU.”
Ciara Kennedy, Vice-President, Procurement and Supply Chain, Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services said:
“SC21 continues to provide substantial benefit to our business with some of our key suppliers improving their performance consistently year after year.
“Both Denroy and Moyola have shown great dedication to increasing their competitiveness and are very deserving of the Gold award.”
Jeremy Fitch, Invest Northern Ireland’s Executive Director of Business and Sector Development, added:
“Northern Ireland Aerospace is already demonstrating exceptional performance in service through its established and internationally recognised ability to deliver on time and in full, to exacting quality standards in a globally challenging cost environment.
“Achieving SC21 Gold accreditation is an outstanding world-class achievement for both Moyola Precision Engineering and Denroy Plastics who exemplify the innovative and ambitious characteristics of our highly successful aerospace cluster.
“Invest NI will continue to support ambitious businesses that embrace the strategic objectives of our sector strategy which is focused on productivity improvement and competitiveness, ensuring Northern Ireland Aerospace stays ahead in an increasingly globally competitive environment.
“This is a formidable challenge, but one for which Northern Ireland Aerospace is uniquely poised to meet through a tenacious approach and desire to succeed.”
Jennifer Doherty and Enda Lagan from Moyola Precision Engineering Ltd, said:
“The changes SC21 has made to our company has resulted in the evolution of a strong customer focussed business delivering excellence to its customers, shareholders, employees and wider community.
“SC21 has increased engagement and teamwork throughout the entire workforce as we have worked in unison towards achievement of our common goals.
“The drive for the Gold award has further improved all areas of the business and is the basis of our continuous improvement activities going forward into the future.”