Scottish manufacturers achieve industry excellence awards

Posted on 15 Feb 2012

Eight Scottish manufacturers have won SC21 Bronze accreditation in recognition of their outstanding quality and customer satisfaction levels.

The awards took place at a UK-wide Supply Chain 21 (SC21) conference at the Scottish headquarters defence electronics firm SELEX Galileo in Edinburgh yesterday, Tuesday 14 February 2012.

SC21 is an excellence programme for the aerospace, defence and security sectors, overseen by industry organisation ADS. The following companies demonstrated sustained performance levels above the minimum bronze award criteria of 90% on-time delivery and quality standard levels running from 98%.

  • Martin Aerospace, based in Lanark
  • Axon Cable, Dunfermline
  • RD Taylor, Glasgow
  • Fasteq, Linlithgow
  • ZOT, Musselburgh
  • Plexus, Kelso
  • Ireland Alloys, Blantyre
  • Castle Precision Engineering, Glasgow

Scottish Enterprise director of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, Nick Shields, said: “Companies are realising the importance of achieving excellence in quality and customer satisfaction more and more. The reputation associated with these qualities is ultimately what wins new business and contributes to growth.”

Mr Shields added: “In the last two years we’ve seen a real increase in the number of companies actively participating in SC21, which is testament to our collaboration with ADS and large scale, global manufacturing companies such as SELEX Galileo.”

ADS project manager of SC21, Phil Curnock, said: “ADS is delighted that the programme is delivering benefits to companies in Scotland and demonstrating how important the aerospace, defence and security sectors are in helping to re-balance the economy.”

One hundred of SELEX Galileo’s 1,000 active company supply base are signed up to the SC21 programme. The company’s senior vice president, radar and advanced targeting, Alastair Morrison, said: “Our supply chain is the largest single part of our cost base and is therefore a crucial part of our business success so we are committed to increasing the competitiveness of all suppliers.”

Mr Morrison continued: “These task force meetings provide us with a valuable opportunity to measure our progress and take the necessary actions to increase our efficiency.”

ADS figures show that Scotland is home to around 330 aerospace, defence and security companies which could collectively achieve £30m of productivity benefits by investing in SC21.