MACCLESFIELD (U.K.) — Bodycote, the world’s largest thermal processing services provider, today announced that its Chard facility has become the first subcontract heat treatment plant in the UK to enter the SC21 Supply Chain programme at Silver Award level.
SC21 is an improvement programme, with strict criteria, designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains, and has three award levels: bronze, silver and gold. To achieve any level a company must have achieved minimum scoring criteria for business and manufacturing excellence models; must have a robust continuous sustainable improvement plan and must have achieved minimum standards in delivery and quality performance for all of their key customers for a rolling 12 month period.
To be awarded Silver, companies must have achieved between 95-99% on delivery, between 99.5-99.9% on quality, and demonstrate excellence in a sustainable improvement programme and associated framework. This achievement by Bodycote demonstrates the consistently excellent levels of quality and quality infrastructure in place within the company.
Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21) is an improvement programme designed to increase the performance of suppliers and ultimately their supply chains within the UK aerospace, security, space and defence industries. The programme is a collaborative effort with ADS leading the programme at a national level, working with signatory companies, primes, regional trade associations (RTAs), strategic partners and accredited training providers.
With more than 170 accredited facilities in 21 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.bodycote.com.