Meet the Bronze Award Winners – Kaefer Ltd Devonport (Plymouth)

KAEFER in the UK & Ireland serves a large and growing range of industries with asset integrity services. These services include access solutions, insulation, inspection & testing, protective coatings, asbestos management and more – generating an annual turnover of circa £250 Million. The company currently has 8 operating centres across the UK and Ireland, employing approximately 3,000 highly skilled and experienced people.

The organisation has supported Babcock Marine in Portsmouth for a number of years providing, initially painting and blasting services then introducing scaffolding and composite services.

Signed to SC21 in December 2013, they engaged again in November 2019, completing the Manufacturing Excellence Assessment and building their CSIP. In December 2019 they completed their Business Excellence Assessment and received Bronze Award Status for the first time.

Kaefer Ltd strategic aim is to have SC21 award status at all Royal Navy sites. Their ambition is growth through additional products and services.

The organisation is committed to striving for Bronze then Silver Award status, before progressing towards Gold Award Status.

Richard Cornish, Business Manager of the company, said: “Kaefer Ltd Devonport has built a strategic relationship with Babcock International Ltd delivering Paint, Blast and scaffolding core capabilities to a very high standard. The operational team at Kaefer are fully engaged in nurturing and embedding that relationship by continually improving and expanding their offering.

Kaefer Ltd corporate decided to engage all major Marine Contracts on the ADS SC21 program to a minimum of Bronze Award status. So we engaged with BAE Systems and they remain fully committed to and supportive of our progress.

The organisation has its own Lean Learning teams and these have been engaged in developing an informal 5S program across the warehousing. Further the local team have started process mapping activities which have led to improvements in operational activity. The wide workforce is engaged in delivering continuous improvement ideas – which become elements on their CSIP.

Working with the teams across the SC21 program is building confidence within the Kaefer organisation that we can become ‘best in class’ operators.”

They have experienced the following benefits from the adoption of SC21:

  • Leaner processes
  • Reduced set-up time
  • Waste reduction
  • Workforce involvement / motivation
  • Improved use of internal business information
  • Improved customer / supplier relationships
  • Improved quality performance over the past 12 months
  • Improved delivery performance over the past 12 month