21st Century Supply Chains Programme

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We realise achieving supply chain improvement is critical to the continued competitiveness of the UK Aerospace and Defence Industry and SC21 is instrumental in accelerating this process.

With international competition increasing, the participation of companies of all sizes throughout the UK supply chain is crucial to delivering real results from this modernisation programme.

High Tech Engineering have been actively engaged and committed to SC21 since 2006 and were the 1st precision engineering company to achieve Bronze recognition in Sept 2008, and are the first company to have sustained and improved performance levels to achieve Silver recognition in Oct 2009. We have now acheived Silver recognition for 5 consecutive years with our award in 2013 which to date is unrivalled on the programme.

We also participate on the Special Interest and Performance Group committee and have given presentations at SC21 springboard events on behalf of the FAC, ADS and companies such as Bomardier and BAE Systems outlining the business benefits we have seen by being actively engaged on the programme.

For more information on our involvment with the SC21 Programme, please take a look at some of the press articles and case studies available as downloadable PDF documents below.

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What is SC21?


SC21 is a change programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace & defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains.

International competition, together with the challenges posed by the defence industrial strategy, necessitates rapid improvement in the effectiveness of our supply chains.

At the same time, industry must ensure that it delivers competitive solutions for customers whilst maintaining profitable business growth.

Since the launch of the programme at the Farnborough Airshow in 2006, SC21 has been endorsed by companies of all sizes from the prime movers to SMEs in the UK aerospace & defence industry, including the UK Ministry of Defence.

To date there are 500+ businesses committed to improving the performance of their business and thereby positively impacting the competitiveness of the UK aerospace & defence supply chain.

Some of the 19 founder companies of SC21 include:

Airbus, Agusta Westland, BAE Systems, Bombardier, GE Aviation, GKN,Goodrich, Lockhead Martin, Rolls Royce, Thales UK, Ultra Electronics.

Related Documents
[icon] - Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat) Ministry of Defence sign up to SC21 (75 KB)
Ministry of Defence sign up to SC21
[icon] - Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat) High Tech Engineering - SC21 News Release (74 KB)
High Tech Engineering - SC21 News Release
[icon] - Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat) High Tech Case Study March 09 (203 KB)
High Tech Case Study March 09
[icon] - Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat) SC21 Bronze Award Certificate (431 KB)
SC21 Bronze Award Certificate
[icon] - Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat) SC21 Silver Award Certificate (117 KB)
SC21 silver
[icon] - Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat) SC21 quality change metrics (113 KB)
SC21 performance criteria