Midlands aerospace wins on SC21

Four more Midlands companies are flying high from their work under the UK’s 21st Century Supply Chains (SC21) programme.

The companies have won bronze awards for on-time delivery and quality excellence in serving the global aerospace and defence industry.

The four latest winners of bronze awards are: AAR International, Burcas, Fourmasters and The Seat Design Company.


 

SC21 national awards

The award winners at the national SC21 meeting 

Four more Midlands companies are flying high from their work under the UK’s 21st Century Supply Chains (SC21) programme.

They are the latest of 12 companies from the region to have won silver and bronze awards in recognition of their record of on-time delivery and quality excellence in serving the global aerospace and defence industry.

This latest achievement caps a year of SC21 success for the Midlands: the region to date has taken 25% of all awards made nationwide under the programme, which is designed to improve the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains.

The four latest winners of bronze awards are:

  • AAR International of Waddington, Lincolnshire
  • Burcas of Birmingham
  • Fourmasters of Wolverhampton
  • The Seat Design Company of Derby.

Their awards were announced at a national SC21 task force meeting.

Tim Holmes, SC21 manager for the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA), said: "Gaining recognition on the national SC21 programme is no mean feat. To receive an award, a supplier must consistently deliver on-time and to the highest quality across all its customers." 

The MAA is the regional partner to A|D|S, the UK industry body advancing the Aerospace, Defence and Security industries, and supports companies across the Midlands to engage in the national SC21 programme. To date, Midlands signatories to the SC21 plan account for 20% of the total, or 132 of 656 companies. 

Eleven of the 12 award winners so far have received project management support and funding assistance from the MAA and its partner the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), drawing on funding provided by Advantage West Midlands, the East Midlands Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.

"To see so many regional companies achieving world-class performance is fantastic," said Tim.

The other 8 Midlands companies, whose awards have previously been announced, are: A&M EDM, Arden Precision, AWS Electronics, Bulwell Precision Engineers, G&O Springs, Glenair UK, Graves Aircraft Components and Midland Precision Equipment. AWS Electronics won a silver award while the others took bronze.