GKN Aerospace site receives Airbus performance award

GKN Aerospace is one of the three companies to receive this status.

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GKN Aerospace’s aerostructures manufacturing facility in Filton, Bristol, UK was awarded ‘Accredited Member’ status by Airbus (Toulouse, France). This status, appearing for the first time this year, represents the highest level of recognition by the Airbus supply chain and quality improvement program (SQIP).

Julien Puyou, vice president of procurement operations of aerostructures at Airbus, said that the accredited member status recognizes “companies which continue the SQIP improvement principles in an autonomous way and provide best in class results.” 

 “The SQIP process has helped us strengthen our long-term partnership with Airbus and our relationships throughout our supply chain,” said Mike Platt, general manager of GKN Aerospace Filton. “We have implemented effective solutions to resolve issues and have embedded continuous improvement practices that benchmark our operations. Our entire workforce has been involved, creating a customer-focused culture that has delivered measurable performance benefits."

This is the latest of three awards in consecutive years for GKN Aerospace’s Filton site through the Airbus SQIP initiative. The company received ‘Most Improved Supplier’ award in 2013 and ‘Best Performing Supplier’ award in 2014. Through SQIP, Airbus has introduced a collaborative approach with suppliers focused on building a high- performing, self-managing supply base that is equipped to support Airbus as it meets future challenges.

GKN Aerospace in Filton produces major structural sub-assemblies, precision-machined components and advanced systems for all variants of Airbus aircraft. The site employs more than 1,700 of the GKN Aerospace’s worldwide total of 12,000 staff and designs and manufactures aircraft wing structures for customers including Airbus, Boeing, Dassault and Lockheed Martin.