GE Aviation celebrate industry award win
By Matt Hall | 24th September 2020
GE Aviation has been awarded a Best Performer award by aviation giant Airbus for a part produced at the company's Bishop's Cleeve factory.
The Supply Chain & Quality Improvement honour was given by Toulouse-based Airbus recognised a "sustained performance, strong continuous improvement and a customer-oriented approach" from the GE Aviation Avionics team.
The award relates to a datalink control and display unit fitted to the Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft with more than 12,000 supplied since 1996.
GE Aviation president of avionics Alan Caslavka said: "We have a strong collaborative relationship with Airbus that demands high standards in shipping quality product on time and consistently.
"This award recognises the entire team for maintaining a customer-focused approach, while acting quickly to resolve any issues."
A shared portal between Airbus and GE Aviation provides a collaboration tool that ensures both parties are looking at the same real-time data for on-time delivery, shipments, quality, invoicing and returns.
Mr Caslavka said: "A further building block to an open relationship is a robust business improvement plan that is shared with Airbus who can see that we invest in their product line as well as in people and processes to continuously improve delivery and quality."
A GE Lean Laboratory approach stripped both the product and process back to basics and took a fresh look in pursuit of a more streamlined approach.
The risk section of the plan results in early identification of external factors such as Brexit, which could result in supply chain issues, and offers the chance to make collaborative plans to mitigate external factors.
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