Military supplier signs up for supply chain improvement - Embedded.com

Military supplier signs up for supply chain improvement

LONDON — ACW Technology Ltd., a U.K.-based electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider, has signed up to the 'Supply Chains for the Twenty First Century' (SC21) national aerospace and defence supply chain improvement programme.

In joining SC21, ACW (Southampton, England) will work with other leading companies in the aerospace and defence sector, including the U.K. Ministry of Defence, in a coordinated effort to improve the industry's supply chain.

SC21 was set up with the aim of accelerating the process of supply chain improvement. ACW was formally nominated to join SC21 by Thales, to whom it is a preferred supplier.

By joining SC21 ACW has signed up to a formal recognition process that reflects the contribution and commitment of its supply chain. As a member company ACW can benefit from specific savings – for example the potential to achieve reduced overheads through needing to support fewer supply chain audits from customers.

Participation in SC21 also helps businesses like ACW gain key competitive advantage by understanding how the industry will be evolving in the future and giving early awareness of the latest developments in the sector.

“The fact that a large percentage of our business comes from customers in the defence and aerospace sector made signing up to SC21 a very straightforward decision,” said Owen Reeves, managing director at ACW. “Not only does SC21 help us to streamline our operating procedures and discuss best practice with other similar businesses, it also gives us access to potential new customers.”

ACW has three manufacturing facilities: in Southampton, Tonypandy (South Wales) and Zhuhai (China). Most recently the company was selected by Thales U.K. to supply fully tested printed circuit boards assemblies (PCBAs) for a target locator system, known as Surveillance System and Range Finder (SSARF), for the U.K.'s front line forces.

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