Pictured, left to right: Dr Leslie Orr (ADS NI Manager), David Quin (B/E Aerospace), Stephen Cowan (Bombardier) and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.
Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today welcomed the commitment of Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast and B/E Aerospace (UK) in Kilkeel to champion the delivery of the UK aerospace and defence industry supply chain development programme, SC21.
SC21 is an ADS supply chain excellence programme which encourages best practice and helps increase the competitiveness of aerospace and defence companies operating in the supply chain. Invest Northern Ireland plays a key role in supporting the local companies participating in the programme.
Arlene Foster said: “Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast has championed nine SC21 award-winning suppliers to date and is launching a third wave of the successful SC21 supply chain competitiveness programme with six new companies coming on board.
“This is positive news, as Bombardier Aerospace has been a key founding member of the programme and has helped create a solid platform on which to develop the capability of the aerospace sector in Northern Ireland and drive export growth.
“I am delighted that B/E Aerospace (UK) Ltd is broadening its long established commitment to support the local companies in its extended supply chain by becoming an SC21 champion. It is encouraging to see this important player in the sector actively partnering with local firms. Not only will this help them to develop skills and capacity, it will also improve the competitiveness of the local supply chain.”
Dr Leslie Orr, Manager ADS NI, said: “Northern Ireland has a very strong aerospace supply base and Bombardier is an outstanding champion of SC21 Business Excellence. Leading this third wave of suppliers through the programme further adds to the strength of the aerospace sector in the region.
“B/E Aerospace is also a prime manufacturer in Northern Ireland and it is excellent news that the business is joining the SC21 programme as a champion to support the development of the local supply base.”
David Quin, Supply Chain Director, B/E Aerospace (UK) Ltd, said: “We are delighted to launch this SC21 supplier development programme today. We have been looking at how we could further develop the competitiveness of the local supplier chain and see the SC21 model as a proven route to support this.
“This will also enable us to strengthen the relationship with the key local supply base and work collaboratively to enhance its competitiveness through embedding a culture of continuous improvement across the supply base.”
Stephen Cowan, Vice President, Supply Chain and Fabrications, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, added: “We have been involved with the SC21 programme since its launch in 2006 and have seen the positive benefits that the previous two waves have brought to Bombardier and the suppliers involved.
“The successful suppliers from the programme to date have differentiated themselves in terms of their capability to consistently deliver high quality products and evolve that capability to meet the continued needs of our business. Today’s announcement allows us to reach out to a further six key local suppliers and begin the journey to further strengthen the competitive capability within Northern Ireland.”