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WES has taken the first step towards even better quality standards, by signing up to the new quality improvement programme that is set to revolutionise accreditations throughout the aerospace industry. 7 CADI (Cornwall Aerospace and Defence Initiative) companies, including WES, have signed up to the pilot study for the SC21 programme that is attracting attention and interest on an international scale.

The SC21 programme is a national action plan for 21st Century Supply Chains, designed by the SBAC to streamline accreditation in the UK's heavily-regulated Aerospace and Defence industry. WES will be undergoing an initial 2 day audit in June, at which point the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) and the South West of England Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS) will develop an action plan for taking the company's quality standards to the required level. The programme will result in WES gaining SC21 and AS9100 quality standards allowing us to produce highly complex parts for the supply chains to the Aerospace Primes.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for Cornish SMEs to get involved in the supply chains for the Aerospace prime contractors. The South West of England represents one of the most important, and active aerospace regions in Europe, and CADI companies are doing everything they can to get a slice of the action.” Paul Ranford, CADI Chairman, WES Operations Director.

"This will enable WES to improve our overall quality control processes and procedures for the benefit of all of our customers" explains Managing Director, Andrew Hosking. "meeting the additional requirements associated with SC21 and AS9100 will not only improve our quality standards, it will also increase efficiency by promoting several time and labour saving operational improvements. This is a major step forward for WES and will certainly be of major benefit to our Resistance Welding, Hardmetal and Advanced Engineering customers".

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