Technical Metals Limited has received a second consecutive gold award in the 21st Century Supply Chains (SC21) Operational Excellence programme.

The SC21 programme is a voluntary programme designed to accelerate the performance and competitiveness of the aerospace and defence sector supply chains and is coordinated by ADS, the UK trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. Becoming a participant in the programme is free of charge and is endorsed by the Aerospace Growth Partnership, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Ministry of the Defence, as well as leading aerospace and defence companies. The programme is supported in Northern Ireland by Invest NI.

Technical Metals Limited was established in 1984 and supply to the global aerospace market providing a range of finishes to various customer requirements along with a service of positive material identification. Capabilities include, anodising, bead-blasting, passivation, CNC machining, alu-printing, and positive material identification. Technical Metals Limited has been part of the SC21 programme since 2016 and received its first Gold Award in 2020, and now its second consecutive award.

To achieve its second consecutive SC21 Gold award, Technical Metals Limited improved its on time delivery to more than or equal to 99.00 per cent, and quality to more than or equal to 99.90 per cent. Through participation in the SC21 programme, Technical Metals Limited has seen several benefits including strengthened customer and supplier relationships as well as increased workforce efficiency. Following its SC21 success, Technical Metals Limited plans to seek market and product expansion and become recognised as a world-class finishing centre while maintaining its SC21 performance and efficiency levels.

ADS Northern Ireland Director, Leslie Orr said:

“A huge congratulations to all at Technical Metals Limited, I am delighted to see an ADS Northern Ireland member receive a consecutive SC21 Gold Award.

“The Northern Ireland Aerospace sector is a leading region for supply chain excellence, and as the demand for aircraft continues to rise, its crucial the region is recognised for its excellence.

“I look forward to seeing Technical Metals Limited at Farnborough International Airshow in July, where we can reconnect and celebrate the achievements of the team in person.”

Kieron Kent, Managing Director, Technical Metals Limited said:

“I am delighted to see Technical Metals Limited recognised by the SC21 programme for the second time, it is a testament to the great team we have at Technical Metals.

“Linda Walker, TML’s Quality Manager has been instrumental in ensuring we were successful in achieving SC21 Gold for the second consecutive time. We are the only treatment centre in the UK to have received the SC21 Gold Award, so it is particularly gratifying to receive it for the second time.”

“Since engaging in the SC21 programme, the business is stronger and more adaptable to the ongoing and changing needs of our customers.

“We look forward, as a team, to continuing to maintain and exceed our current SC21 performance levels and become even more efficient by improving on lean techniques and customer relations while focusing on developing opportunities in the aerospace sector. We are aiming to achieve the Gold Award for our sister company, SpringCo to enable us to have a “double gold” status in the sector. I would like to thank the team at ADS for their help especially in recent times. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Farnborough also.”