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IoM Aerospace Cluster Launches Industry Benchmark Scheme

by Amanda Banks,, London

07 July 2011

The Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster (IOMAC) has announced the launch of an influential new programme designed to benchmark its participating members against world-class business standards to assist the Cluster’s competitiveness globally.

The Journey to Process Excellence (JTPE) is a business improvement tool based on Rolls-Royce’s model of process excellence. It enables businesses in the aerospace and high-tech manufacturing sectors to measure their own capabilities and resilience against a world-class model and from there develop a tailored strategy to drive improvement for elements such as quality management, leadership and process flow.

According to the Manx Department of Economic Development: "The JTPE programme is designed to help all IOMAC members prove how they will deliver high quality products and services in the future and will also provide firm evidence to IOMAC customers that continuous improvement is part of members' business culture."

The first five participating companies have already been confirmed: Swagelok, Target Aerospace, Manx Engineers, European Aviation Maintenance and GE Aviation. All IOMAC members are due eventually to undertake the programme.

Chair of the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster, Adrian Moore, said: "Our aim is to benchmark businesses against a world-class model and to promote continuous improvement. It is imperative that all of our aerospace companies engage with this programme to safeguard their future in the industry and ensure that they are offered new contracts from our customers around the world now and in the years to come.”

Minister for Economic Development, Allan Bell commented: “This initiative helps to demonstrate that the aerospace cluster is engaged with a recognised business improvement tool and should serve as a powerful message to the industry that we are fit for purpose and able to prove that we are lean, professional, joined up and resilient."

Department Member with responsibility for manufacturing, Clare Christian, commented: “The launch of the Journey to Process Excellence programme will strengthen our relationship with one of the Cluster’s major customers, Rolls-Royce, and its extended supply chain. This is certainly an excellent step forward for the Cluster.”

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