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BAE Systems - Subcon 2007 Free Seminar

BAE Systems : 15 March, 2007  (Company News)
Keeping UK aerospace competitive
As the requirements of the global Aerospace industry become more demanding, the UK has to work hard to stay in the top flight. That's the message that Mike Webb of BAE Systems will be giving on 1st May as part of the Subcon 2007 free seminar programme.

Subcon, the international show for buyers of contract manufacturing services, takes place from 1 3 May at the NEC, Birmingham, and covers everything from machined parts, electronic assemblies, castings, plastic mouldings and metal fabrications, through to full manufacturing services, design and build, and rapid prototyping.

In his role as a senior procurement manager within the BAE Systems Corporate Procurement Function, Mike is part of an organisation responsible for an annual spend of around 5.5 billion that works with around 15,000 suppliers.

'Within BAE Systems we aim to deliver a process that drives supply chain performance with the timely delivery at the point of usage of defect-free products and services. At the same time we want to achieve our targets of cost reduction by working with our suppliers to eliminate wasteful activities and establish lean practices throughout the business process. We also have to make sure that we provide a foundation for continuous improvement so that we can achieve shared mutual benefits through managing risk and developing relationships,' says Mike.

'If the UK aerospace and Defence industry wants to succeed in the future, we need to drive down costs faster than our competitors, deliver high-quality programmes on time and on cost, and make sure that we create the right capabilities for a rapidly changing market.'

Both suppliers and primes recognise that there is room for improvement and, to address these performance challenges, UK aerospace has created SC21, the Supply Chains of the 21st Century programme.

Nineteen companies, including some of the major players in the aerospace market, signed up to SC21 in July 2006. That number had doubled by September and continues to grow.

Mike recently co-chaired the SC21 Supply Chain Development working group on behalf of the SBAC (Society of British Aerospace Companies) and will explain exactly what is happening and how companies should get involved.

'SC21 is intended to transform the UK aerospace and Defence industry by improving competitiveness, agility and efficiency by accelerating change in our business,' he says.
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