Cymone Thomas, Technical Author, NAMTEC and Mick StaniForth, Quality Manager, LSM.
In 2011 the aerospace industry was estimated to be worth a whopping £2.4 billion, but entering the supply chain proved to be challenging.
A 21st Century Supply Chain (SC21) awareness event was held on the 5th December 2012 at the University of Sheffield’s Diamond Jubilee Knowledge Transfer Centre. The SC21 programme, developed by ADS in 2006, serves to take willing companies on a collaborative, coordinated and measureable journey to excellence, which will put them in a position to secure a space in the aerospace supply chain.
Through customer engagement, diagnostics, continuous improvement and planning, in addition to industry recognised awards, companies develop both their business and manufacturing excellence.
It has proved to be a very powerful tool that has allowed user experience game changing benefits. These include reduced overhead from implementing business excellence and lean principles, operational improvement with minimal costs to the business, increased competitiveness, leaner production, cost reduction and lower set-up times.
SC21 is free to join but necessitates 100 percent commitment from the start. Statistics show that 10 percent of business changes fail, and therefore it is stressed that success is highly dependent on management commitment.
Paul Brown, ICE Partnership said: "The UK Government has noted the importance of High Value Manufacturing in maintaining the country’s competitiveness. Competitors are ever closer to home and include countries such as France, Germany and Australia. Companies therefore, need to be relentlessly lean-minded and globally aware."
SC21 lite is due to be launched to enable smaller companies with reduced capacity, time or support, to get on the continuous improvement journey and join this lucrative supply chain.
European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) of up to 75 percent is available for regional companies wishing to get involved in SC21. For more information, contact Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.adsgroup.org.uk.