Three companies achieve Gold standard for aerospace and defence industry accreditation award

Three companies have been recognised today at Farnborough International Airshow for achieving the highest possible ‘Gold’ performance standard as suppliers in the aerospace and defence industries.

The Achieving Supply Chain Excellence event saw 44 companies from around the UK and Ireland recognised with performance awards for boosting their competitiveness through the 21st Century Supply Chains (SC21) programme.

The Achieving Supply Chain Excellence event, sponsored by the National Physical Laboratory, was 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.

The Achieving Supply Chain Excellence award event was the second this year, following on from a previous event in Belfast in January.

Gold performance awards have been achieved for the first time and have been awarded to:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • RW Powder Coatings from Comber and Vita Materials Ltd from Dunmurry, Northern Ireland
  • 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 silver award status, while 22 will be re-awarded bronze level accreditation.

Performance awards will also be presented to winners who were unable 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.

Supply chains must ‘plan ahead’ for Brexit

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.”

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