Managing equipment support and availability on a global basis Weapon systems capability and availability is crucial to enable the armed forces to deliver their operational mission. With the defence community being challenged to achieve this in the most effective and cost-efficient manner we look to their supply chains to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness in getting supplies to the right place at the right time. Innovation, partnership and personnel are all key in optimising supply chain flow and should be considered along with the more traditional considerations such as end-to-end visibility, lean techniques and systems integration. The most successful defence supply chains are ones which you can trust, those which can be relied on to deliver the right equipment in optimal condition and timescales needed to support the front-line. Equipment availability and efficiency improves therefore, by taking an end to end, integrated view of the whole supply chain and driving a consolidated process and approach. In increasing supply chain efficiency we are able to drive down costs and direct saved funds into the development and procurement of new weapon systems, hence enhancing our defence capabilities.
Supply chain specialist retains coveted defence industry SC21 Gold Standard For the second year running leading supply chain specialist Wincanton has been awarded the coveted “gold standard” for its innovative defence sector work. Wincanton was the first ever recipient of the SC21 (Supply Chains in the Twenty First Century) gold award last year and received the accolade again at this years prestigious Farnborough Air Show. The award was given to Wincantons Spares Support Centre in Yeovil for its work in partnership with defence customer AgustaWestland, recognising improvements in the supply chain aimed at accelerating the competitiveness of the UK aerospace and defence industry.