EDM specialist Erodex has reported a record year for turnover in 2011 with a further 15% rise in 2012.
The company, which supplies EDM graphite tooling to the aerospace market, completed its SC21 accreditation, a change programme designed to boost the competitiveness of the industry by enhancing supply chain performance.
Erodex director John Rolinson said: “As a company committed to continuous improvement we are always looking for ways to enhance our internal systems and boost our commitment to best practice. Our focus is on the customer, and with aerospace being a key sector, SC21 acted as a vehicle to help improve further the effectiveness and competitiveness of our operations.”
SC21 is a programme organised and led by ADS.
Erodex has recently invested £700k on machinery, expansion of its Halesowen headquarters, software and personnel across design and manufacturing disciplines.
“As a business serving the aerospace sector, SC21 proves we are committed to operational excellence, lean principles and increased competitiveness through the delivery of leadership, innovation, through-life solutions and ethical practices,” added Rolinson. “SC21 ensures we stay sharp and build on our exemplary quality and service levels.”
Among the areas Erodex focused on there are a method of measuring and improving supply chain operations based on customer feedback; the implementation of systems that deliver a right-first-time quality performance; and the redefinition of the company’s “from concept and through design to completion” design and build service for all EDM and work-holding solutions.
The 12-month process followed by rigorous audit resulted in Erodex receiving the SC21 Bronze award.
With an ever expanding portfolio of products, Erodex has doubled the turnover of its design arm, BWP, in the past 18 months.
“It’s our goal to build partnerships that make us an extension of our customers’ own design teams,” concluded Rolinson.