SC21 is a continuous improvement programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by optimising the performance of its supply chains. Recognition is only accredited after all the SC21 required framework requirements have been met, and cover elements such as delivery, quality, sustainable improvement, business and manufacturing excellence.
The new challenge follows recent success in becoming AS9100 accredited in its electroless nickel plating division, NiTEC UK Ltd, which plays a key part in the group’s strategic growth plans for the coming years. Being able to supply the aerospace and defence markets with services in precision CNC machining and nickel plating from a single business unit is a unique offering in the UK. Securing SC21 certification will increase the businesses aerospace credentials even further.
Chris Brown, Group Chief Operating Officer of CBE+, said: “We are delighted to have the sponsorship and support of leading aerospace OEM Leonardo on the SC21 programme, its experience and guidance as a founding partner will be invaluable for us on our journey to excellence in the ASD supply chain. The programme will allow us to combine our AS9100 and SC21 certifications to provide an elite offering and increase our presence in the aerospace and defence markets.”
Christopher Thomson, Supplier Development for Leonardo Helicopters UK, said: “I am proud that Leonardo is playing its part in developing the UK aerospace and defence supply chains with key OEM-led activities such as SC21 Supplier Development. CBE+ has expressed great ambition by enrolling on the programme to demonstrate its commitment to improving productivity and competitiveness, a challenge which the UK aerospace and defence sector must further embrace to retain their competitive edge in International markets.”
SC21 supports the group’s aim to offer an integrated supply chain combining multiple capabilities from a single supplier. The business has five main divisions including: precision engineering, electroless nickel plating, gear cutting, artificial lifting and metal testing services, Continual investment by Cooper Brown Enterprises and a new businesses strategy to function as one has allowed the businesses to reach new heights in its operating industries.
Marie Cooper, CEO of CBE+, commented: “This is a very exciting opportunity for the group. To have been selected by Leonardo is an honour but I think it also reflects the hard work and dedication within the businesses over the past few years to bring it to the level where it is today. As a business we are always learning either from ourselves or others, SC21 will ensure we are excelling in the way we manage the business, its people and its processes.”