Supply Chain WG
High performance, competitive supply chains are a key ingredient in claiming future market share. It is of course imperative that the UK’s supply chain provides customers with exemplary delivery and quality performance, at a competitive price.
However world class supply chains of the future must also be agile and form genuine, symbiotic partnerships with their customers. Suppliers will need to work their way up the value chain through investing in new technologies, offering integrated solutions and sharing risk with their customers.
The AGP’s Supply Chain working group is developing schemes to support ambitious suppliers in their quest for growth. These schemes will address a wide range of barriers to growth, such as:
Aimed at SMEs in the aerospace supply chain the NATEP programme helps companies develop their own innovative technologies, and at the same time enhance their technology management capabilities to increase their ability to win new business with higher tier companies anywhere in the world.Half funded by industry and half by government, NATEP is unique in that it offers support for the individual projects not only in the form of grant funding – but also and perhaps more crucially – support with technical expertise, business advice and mentoring by industry.The ‘money and mentoring’ approach has seen a great response from small and medium sized suppliers who are developing a wide range of innovative technologies from composites, through electronics to manufacturing processes. The technologies will be used on new aircraft and will increase productivity – additionally the new R&D capabilities will contribute to the long-term competitiveness of those participating in the programme. 114 projects have been awarded grants totaling £15 million. Projects to date involve 268 companies and 152 end-user or customer companies.Rolls Royce, Airbus, Bombardier, GKN and AgustaWestland, are among those sponsoring the programme, ensuring that everyone from the top level of the industry down is working together, towards the same goals. The sponsors actively advise on project design, help projects when problems arise and suggest routes to market. Anyone interested in future NATEP funding opportunities should register their interest on the NATEP website through the contacts page: www.natep.org.uk
- Sharing in Growth
Aerospace companies with a turnover over between £10m and £100m are being invited to join Sharing in Growth (SiG), a government-backed programme that is improving the global competitiveness of the UK aerospace supply chain.With £80 million from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and endorsement from Airbus, BAE Systems, Bombardier, GE, GKN, Leonardo, MBDA and Rolls-Royce, SiG has already helped secure contracts worth over £1 billion for the first 24 firms on the programme. This equates to around 1600 UK jobs. Ultimately SiG’s goal is to safeguard 10,000 UK jobs.
The benefits: SiG offers a coherent and sustainable four year training and transformation programme, worth £3 million to each qualifying company, with around £1.2 million publicly funded. The supplier’s contribution is not cash but time spent on the programme. The 40 existing beneficiaries are committed to an average 50% increase in sales per person productivity gains.
Expertise: SiG’s cross-functional specialists tackle areas such as lean operations, manufacturing engineering, procurement and value engineering. To ensure growth is sustainable they also work with delivery experts such as Deloitte, Unipart Expert Practices, the National Physical Laboratory, The University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing and Industry Forum to provide world-class training in leadership, strategy, business planning and performance improvement. Register your interest: Companies interested in the SiG programme, should visit www.sig-uk.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Export for Success
The AGP developed the Export for Success framework to increase support available to UK business, particularly SMEs, pursuing export opportunities. UK Trade and Investment has invested in specialist resource in key overseas markets such as the United States and China to boost export opportunities for UK suppliers. For industry, ADS has employed a specialist Aerospace Operations & Business Development Manager, and is investing in a real time, web -based supply chain capability database. By working together, suitable UK suppliers can now be matched to international business opportunities. In addition, this joint working between Industry and Government will help to get more companies exporting. For more information, please email Harriet.Wollerton@adsgroup.org.uk
SC21 provides a clear business improvement framework, support and guidance to companies needing to achieve higher levels of quality and delivery performance. For more information, please visit www.sc21.org.uk or contact Colin.Hart@adsgroup.org.uk