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Sharing supply chain learning

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BAE Systems has been sharing its experience of continuous improvement with companies in the North West of England at a special Lean Learning Academy sponsored by the North West Aerospace Alliance.

Five companies took part in the two-week course, held at BAE Systems’ site at Samlesbury in Lancashire. Martin Wright, chief executive officer of the North West Aerospace Alliance, said: “The supply chain has changed radically over the last decade. It’s more important than ever that we are aligned to our customers’ requirements for more affordable products and services.”

BAE Systems’ supplier of maintenance, repair and overhaul services - APPH of Runcorn in Cheshire, presently working on the Hawk programme - was one of the five companies to take part in the two-week course. 

Kris Nulty, production manager at APPH said: “Being part of BAE Systems’ supply chain, it was great to be invited to take part in their Lean Learning Academy at Samlesbury. Not only did I learn about best practice, I also saw it in operation. This gave me the knowledge and the confidence to try and implement those improvements back at my own facility. It was a great experience I will never forget.”

Phil Astley leads the production system design team at BAE Systems’ Samlesbury site in Lancashire. He said: “A joint approach to learning enables strong working relationships to be formed and best practices are shared more effectively. We’ve run similar events for our customers and feedback indicates that the learning has been extremely valuable.”

The Lean Learning Academy was established at BAE Systems Military Air Solutions in 2005.     It embeds Lean leadership principles and methodology into the company at the same time as introducing the Lean toolset to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of production and functional areas. The approach has since been adopted by other BAE Systems businesses.

Ref no: 156/2010
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