IPC Mouldings, based in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, has become only the fifth business in the UK to achieve the SC21 Gold Award in the Aerospace Supply Chain.
The manufacturer which, this month is also celebrating 25 successful years as a supply chain partner in aircraft interiors, offers a range of services including mould tool design and manufacture, CNC machining, injection moulding using high performance engineering polymers and value add assemblies to aerospace, medical and other industries.
Managing Director of IPC Mouldings, Joanne Liddle, spoke of her delight at receiving the Gold Award. Joanne said, “We are thrilled to receive the SC21 Gold Award. This is an amazing achievement from an extraordinary team in IPC and reinforces our dedication to quality and delivery, ensuring that the products and services we provide to customers are of the highest standard.
“We have exceeded expectations going from an SC21 Bronze in 2015 to a Gold Award in 2019. To reach this pinnacle of excellence within the space of four years is an incredible accomplishment. Our team has worked effortlessly to create a culture of continuous improvement in line with our values and future vision for the company. All processes and standards are met, and continue to meet the required Gold framework.”
Joanne continued, “We would like to thank our sponsor, Collins Aerospace for their commitment throughout the SC21 journey. We would not have achieved the Gold Award without the continued support of this global leader in aircraft interiors.”
The company’s journey throughout the SC21 programme has been sponsored by global giant, Collins Aerospace.
Collins Aerospace Stuart McKee said, “It’s fantastic to see IPC Mouldings achieve the SC21 Gold Performance Standard Award. In such a competitive market, it’s important that supply chain performance continues to improve and maintain exceptional standards. Through their hard work and dedication to SC21, IPC has proven that they have the necessary skills to deliver world class products and Collins Aerospace is delighted to have played a key role in supporting the company. Congratulations to all the team on this outstanding achievement.”
Dr Leslie Orr, Director of ADS NI spoke about IPC’s success saying, “It is great to hear that IPC Mouldings has been awarded Gold in the SC21 programme. Being one of five companies in the UK that holds this award will only strengthen IPC’s relationship with their customers, as well as adding to the strength of the aerospace sector in the Northern Ireland region. Well done to all the team.”
SC21 is a continuous improvement programme for improving operational effectiveness and achieving supply chain excellence within the Aerospace and Defence Industry. The programme is the primary route on the improvement ladder and some of the outcomes for participating companies include the achievement of 99% delivery and 99.9% quality performance, the reduction of supply chain risk and implementation of leaner production methods.
IPC Mouldings delivers 2.5million parts annually to the aerospace sector with a quality performance of 99.97% and 99.7% on time delivery. In 2018 there were 3.6 billion global air passengers and IPC Mouldings parts travelled with over 900 million of them.
For 12 years, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) has been a regional partner of SC21 and remains committed to the programme. Invest NI continues to support local companies on their journey thus ensuring the Northern Ireland Aerospace industry stays ahead in an increasingly global competitive environment. Invest NI works in partnership with ADS and the industry, encouraging best practice and increased competitiveness across the supply base.