A government-backed initiative to improve supply chain relationships in the aerospace industry is to be extended to the marine and naval industry.
The Supply Chain Relationships in Aerospace initiative (Scria), launched under the Department of Trade and Industry’s Competitiveness Challenge, aims to eliminate adversarial relationships in aerospace contracts by creating integrated project teams to encourage partnering and bring together suppliers, customers and sub-contractors involved in projects.
More than 110 firms have signed up for Scria. Rob Crook, chairman of the Scria steering group and material director at GKN-Westland, said Britain is ahead of the rest of Europe and the US in adopting partnering.
The Scria philosophy is now being applied to the marine and naval industry, in particular the Royal Navy’s Astute class nuclear submarine programme. Marconi Marine is the prime contractor and the Scria-type team also includes the Defence Procurement Agency, the MoD, the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and sub-contractors.