Pictured above: members of the Coventry & Warwickshire SC21 Cluster
Aerospace businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire have joined forces to ensure they remain fit for the future by embracing best practice as defined by the hugely successful SC21 programme.
The Coventry and Warwickshire SC21 Cluster launched at Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems with the aim of getting local businesses ready for SC21 award recognition over the next 12 months.
SC21 is a national supply chain improvement programme designed to make the UK aerospace and defence industries more competitive internationally. It offers a range of cost-saving, quality improvement and relationship-building benefits to aerospace and defence industry suppliers.
Councillor Gary Ridley, Cabinet Member for City Development, said: “The cluster is for serious players with an interest in the aerospace industry and I am delighted with the high level of engagement and commitment that has been shown at this early stage.”
Cliff Johnson, the SC21 Project Manager at Manufacturing Advisory Service – West Midlands, added: “By helping those with the vision to embark on the SC21 improvement journey we can ensure that aerospace companies in this region improve their performance in the short term and are ‘match-fit’ when the projected upturn in this sector kicks off.”
The cluster was borne out of the Coventry and Warwickshire Aerospace Forum (CWAF) and currently consists of Meggitt ABS, Firthstones Engineering, Technoset, Lightning Aerospace, Powerkut, Woodcroft Engineering and ANT Industries.
It is endorsed by Phil Curnock the SC21 National Programme Manager at Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) and Andrew Mair Chief Executive of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) who concluded:
“This cluster was started to accelerate company competitiveness in line with the national programme as defined by the SBAC and I have been impressed with just how quickly it has taken off.”
The cluster members will develop both individually and as a group, with group workshops taking place quarterly under the specialist mentoring of Tom Townsend of TPT Consultancy and Training, a recognised Training Provider to the SC21 Programme.