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Pipex px® commitment to excellence secures prestigious SC21 Award.


Pipex px® commitment to excellence secures prestigious SC21 Award.

Pipex px® are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Supply Chain for the Twenty First Century (SC21) bronze award for suppliers excellence.

Pipex px® are now part of an elitist group, as one of only 126 companies to hold this prestigious qualification.

Constantly evolving, competitive and sustainable supply chains are universally recognised as vital to the future growth and success of our industry.  SC21 is a revolutionary supply chain improvement programme specifically designed to transform aerospace, space and defence supply chains. 

Enrolled companies are required to follow a specific framework designed for the achievement and maintenance of set criteria within areas including:

  • Business excellence
  • Manufacturing excellence
  • Relationship excellence
  • Quality and delivery performance excellence

Participation on the SC21 programme demands a high level of dedication and commitment at every business level with specific strategy focus on the achievement of continuous improvement in all areas.

Pipex px® SC21 journey began 18 months ago following the decision by BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd (one of the primary suppliers to the UK Ministry of Defence) to become our official Sponsor company for the programme.

Subsequent activities included self-assessment and independent diagnostics for the identification of improvement areas, Management Benchmarking exercises, reviews and progress assessments and meetings.

The programme is designed to raise the performance of participating companies through the proactive development of collaborative working and outstanding performance, delivery and quality.   Successful participation contributes to a more effective organisation and further assists in maintaining competitive industry position by enabling;

  • Leaner efficiency and productivity
  • Improved  operational efficiency
  • Improved productivity
  • Lower overheads & costs
  • Increased competitiveness

The award was collected on behalf of Pipex px® by Director of Operations, Jon Barr and Project Manager, Brian Dunn, at the latest SC21 Taskforce meeting held on 29th March at the SSE in Cardiff.  We were also delighted that two representatives from our sponsor company were also able to attend the event to witness our achievement, following the ceremony they commented;

SC21 Bronze Award Certificate SC21 Bronze Award “Having worked with Pipex over the past 2 years on  their SC21 journey, achieving this Bronze award is not only a deserved recognition for Pipex as a company but for all of their employees as without their dedication and enthusiasm for continuous improvement this would not have been possible. I am also in no doubt that Pipex will continue to strive for further improvements going forward.  Congratulations.”  BAE, Supplier Management

                “As Contract Manager for Pipex over many years, Pipex have had an exemplary work ethic and fully deserve the award and no doubt will continue to receive further awards in the future.”  BAE, Contract Manager

Successful attainment of this SC21 award entailed the meticulous development and promotion of both structural and cultural change within our business.  We believe these changes will strengthen and promote our relationships with UK defence industries whilst improving service quality and on-time delivery for all of our customers.

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