National Physical Laboratory

NPL expands support to UK Aerospace manufacturing through new contract win

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has been awarded a second contract with the Sharing In Growth (SiG) programme to extend its work in supporting companies in the Aerospace supply chain through its Product Verification Programme. The new contract follows on from the successful partnership with SiG and will allow NPL to extend its services to a further 24 companies within the UK manufacturing sector.

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The SiG programme supports UK aerospace companies to increase productivity and competitiveness in international markets. The intense four year SiG training and development programme is focused on leadership, culture and operational excellence delivered by SiG's own 120 strong team of lean coaches as well as a bank of experts including NPL.

NPL was awarded the first contract by SiG in 2013 to work with 40 aerospace manufacturing companies and since then has identified more than £10M in savings in these manufacturers. The NPL team provides the tools, knowledge and training to manage, analyse and improve measurement and inspection processes. One SiG beneficiary, Sheffield-based CW Fletcher, was recently awarded a £7M export deal. Another company is saving £75k per year from improved levels of re-work due to better measurement practices.

The new contract will allow NPL to provide its product verification and training services to a further 24 aerospace manufacturers, continuing its impact within the aerospace industry. This falls in line with NPL's strategy to expand its Advanced Manufacturing sector focus.

NPL's CEO Dr Peter Thompson said: "I am delighted that NPL has been chosen to continue to provide state-of-the-art measurement support to UK aerospace manufacturing as part of this important initiative. We look forward to continuing to work with Sharing in Growth as one of their key delivery experts and to supporting the next cohort of SiG beneficiaries."

Andy Page, CEO of Sharing in Growth, said: "The National Physical Laboratory's Product Verification Programme has benefitted UK suppliers, allowing them to deliver a competitive performance on the global stage. I am pleased to offer them the opportunity to continue to use this essential skill to benefit the UK economy."

Read more about the Sharing in Growth programme. If you would like to be become involved and have a Product Verification Health Check, please contact: product.verification@npl.co.uk

For more information, contact NPL's Product Verification Programme Leader Phil Cooper

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Last Updated: 21 Dec 2016
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