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SC21 is a collaborative programme to transform aerospace and defence supply chains (otherwise known as the National Action Plan for 21st Century Supply Chains).

SC21 presents a set of improvement and relationship principles that have been developed and adopted by a rapidly growing number of businesses in the UK Aerospace and Defense industry. It provides a framework for improving the effectiveness of supply chains, and recognises that supply chains form and reform depending on the industry, programme or platform requirements.

Fundamentally, SC21 is designed to transform and accelerate the competitiveness of the UK Aerospace and Defence industry which will help it to sustain and grow. Chief Excutive Officers from companies such as BAE Systems, Ultra Electronics, Smiths Aerospace and Thales (this list is not exhaustive) have signed their commitment to transform their supply chains to be the “Supply Chain for the 21st Century”.

SC21 companies are committed to working together through three key streams to improve efficiency, remove duplication in doing business, and lower overheads and costs. These are:

  • Accreditation – SC21 companies will recognise and accept AS/EN9100 accreditation. This will remove the need for multiple customer audits of suppliers Quality Management Systems systems (unless mandated by regulatory requirement) delivering resource efficiencies and lowers costs for all parties.
  • Development and Performance – SC21 companies are committed to achieving 80% + common supplier development programmes focusing efforts on the key improvement areas rather than responding to multiple customers. Combined with common performance metrics the supply chain will get leaner and more effective delivering win/win results for all.
  • Relationships – SC21 companies recognise that sustained success in our industry requires positive relationships in all directions. Using the SC21 relationship code of practice companies can identify the level of relationship needed and objectively focus upon the areas that need improvement

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