Northern Ireland supply chain excellence continues apace

It’s a golden period for Northern Ireland aerospace companies who continue to lead the UK in supply chain excellence.


Ballygowan based CCP Gransden Ltd joined an elite group of companies in the region by being awarded their first SC21 GOLD award. This prestigious award was presented to Jim Erskine Managing Director of CCP Gransden  by Philip McBride, Managing Director of Thales in Northern Ireland, at DSEI earlier this year. This is a double first as the award is the first Gold awarded for composites technology.

The region is now home to 70% of the UK Gold Award winners.

Maintaining the highest of standards means continuously seeking improvement and building on the successes achieved. In addition to first time recipients, Carrickfergus based injection moulding company, IPC Mouldings, has received its fifth consecutive gold performance award showcasing the company’s superiority in delivery, quality, sustainable improvement and the associated improvement frameworks, within the aerospace sector.

They are also joined by RTA (Ireland) Ltd who originally joined the SC21 programme to illustrate capability and performance using an industry recognised standard when a long-term supply exclusivity agreement came to an end with a key customer and RTA’s capabilities as a company were unknown.

This year marks their second Gold award.

These latest Gold awards were presented to the companies on Tuesday 24 October 2023 at an ADS Aircraft Interiors Group Meeting, hosted by Collins Aerospace, in the Kilmorey Arms Hotel in Kilkeel.

Colin Hart, Competitiveness Programme Director at ADS, commented:

“We congratulate both IPC Mouldings and RTA on the retention of their SC21 Gold Awards. Throughout their history with the programme, they have consistently delivered outstanding results.

The awards are designed to empower businesses from the UK’s thriving industrial base, and the gold award recognises the outstanding ability of businesses to achieve at least 99.0% delivery and 99.9% quality performance. The award also recognises organisational efforts to reduce supply chain risk, and the implementation of leaner production methods.”