Wincanton recognised for continuing supply chain improvements
This year's Farnborough International Air Show will play host to the prestigious SC21 awards at which Wincanton's Spares Support Centre in Yeovil will be re-awarded the highly acclaimed Gold Level Award.
Above: General Manager of the site Keith Guppy receiving the award last year from Richard Frost of AgustaWestland at the Award Ceremony held in London.
Keith Guppy Wincanton’s General Manager for the Spares Support Centre said: “Sustained improvement of this level would not have been possible without the partnership support and encouragement of our customer AgustaWestland."
The partnership’s engagement with the supply chain improvement programme is evidenced by two other Wincanton operations being set to receive their first award; the Repair and Overhaul Support Centre (Yeovil) and the Production Stores Operations. Both of these sites are evolving into Gold standard sites at an impressive rate.
The three centres boast some impressive supply chain improvement results, such as year-on-year cost down of the packing of spares and a lead time reduction of 28% on all UK Ministry of Defence deliveries. Within the busy Repair and Overhaul Centre lead time KPIs have been slashed from five to two days and the Production Stores have improved productivity by 24%.
This year, however, sees helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland and Wincanton collaborating to step up the rate of change and unlock the potential of the customer’s supply chain operations.
Jason Dummett, Wincanton’s General Manager for the Production Stores and Repair and Overhaul Support Centre explained: ”A collaborative supply chain improvement programme, managed by Wincanton, has been established to ensure the potential is realised. Each of the projects is approached as a partnership to ensure a holistic vision of the desired future state, which specifically aligns with the customer’s future strategy and the capture of best practice.”
The project objectives include asset management improvements, reducing end-to-end inventory to eliminate excess storage footprint, unnecessary transport, eliminate bottlenecks and increase flow, with the challenge of delivering 20% more for 20% less, as set by the customer.