Sky’s the limit for Coventry and Warwickshire aerospace cluster

Posted on 14 Jul 2009 by The Manufacturer

Aerospace businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire have joined forces to tackle the best practice SC21 programme.

SC21, a national supply chain improvement scheme designed to make the UK defence and aerospace industries more globally competitive, offers cost-saving, quality improvement and relationship-building benefits to manufacturers within the sub-sector.

Said Cliff Johnson, SC21 Project Manager, Manufacturing Advisory Service, West Midlands: “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.

Of the venture, Andrew Mair, chief executive of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) said: “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.”

Edward Machin