BDLI, EADS, MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce Deutschland and SAFRAN Group work together to promote aerospace supply chain quality

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BDLI, EADS, MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce Deutschland and SAFRAN Group work together to promote aerospace supply chain quality

23 July 2012

A Nadcap Discovery Session was held in Berlin last month, with a goal of educating the German aerospace industry about the value of gaining Nadcap accreditation in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Taking place in conjunction with the Nadcap meeting, there were nearly 70 attendees at this session.

While representatives from BDLI (the German Aerospace Industries Association), EADS, MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce Deutschland and SAFRAN Group explained their policies regarding Nadcap accreditation, German suppliers who had already achieved Nadcap accreditation described how they did it and what benefits they have gained.

In one case, Lorenz Vinke of Almecon explained that Nadcap had been the “entry ticket” to the aerospace industry, which now accounts for 70% of the company revenue, partly attributable to the direct supplier relationship that Almecon now has with MTU Aero Engines and Rolls-Royce. In addition, Wilfried Weber of PFW Aerospace described that, since becoming involved with Nadcap, the company had fewer customer audits and that rework, scrap and escapes had been reduced.

Dr Stefan Berndes, Head of Air Transport, Equipment & Materials at BDLI commented
Germany is one of the greatest countries in the world for production quality. However we feel that in an increasingly global marketplace, there needs to be an independent certification program which can act as a competitive differentiator for international customers. For special processes, Nadcap serves that purpose well as it is industry managed and controlled by Nadcap subscribing primes and accredited suppliers.

Seema Martin, Director of European Operations for the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute which administers Nadcap, added
As well as learning about the value that Nadcap offers to accredited suppliers and member companies, bringing together European Nadcap stakeholders in an open forum like this provides an opportunity for PRI to listen and respond to customer needs. As an international program, it is vital that feedback is welcomed from all regions and PRI is continually working to facilitate this and demonstrate the global value of Nadcap. I would like to personally thank everyone involved in this event who dedicated their time to help educate the attendees about Nadcap and spread the message of quality.