Applied Integration have joined an elite group of companies to have achieved SC21 Bronze business excellence award for the aerospace and defence industries.
One of only eight North-East companies to have achieved the prestigious Supply Chain 21st Century accreditation from, the Stokesley company is now part of a change programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains.
Part of its strategy to continuously strive for perfection, Applied Integration were independently assessed by the ADS Group against continuous business and manufacturing excellence, quality and delivery performance.
A very proud Applied Integration director Garry Lofthouse explained that the SC21 programme was embarked upon to review and improve the firm’s panel manufacturing processes whilst maintaining quality, delivery and reducing customer costs.
He said: “We are very keen to keep learning and improving as a business and felt that the SC21 programme would be an excellent driver to aid our business model”.
The SC21 model focuses the business on lean manufacturing processes, driving out continual, sustainable improvement plans focused on manufacturing, supply chain management, improved staff communications and customer relationship management, measuring business key performance indicators, quality and delivery.
All are factors that contribute to a quality on time product delivery together with enhanced customer perceptions, reduced business costs, improved competitiveness and the ultimate goal of passing cost saving onto customers.
In qualifying for the SC21 award, Applied Integration had to provide 12 months of verified rolling average metrics based on quality and delivery, which showed delivery above 90% and product quality above 98% – data that was independently verified by customers.
Garry added: “It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm from the whole team. Their response and input into the SC21 processes was incredible.
“Their efforts have helped us gain an award that is highly recognised and will give us a competitive advantage within the defence and aerospace sectors.”
In order to meet the extremely high standards of quality associated with the aerospace and defence market, Applied Integration can guarantee that all panels are manufactured with the best quality components to the highest possible standards, resulting in the very best completed projects.