Quality commitment of Coventry manufacturer recognised at “Virtual Farnborough”


A Coventry-based precision engineering specialist has been recognised for its commitment to quality and delivery performance this week as the Farnborough International Airshow went ‘virtual’.

Arrowsmith Engineering, part of the £43million Aero Services Global Group (AS.G), was given the SC21 Silver award for its ongoing ability to manufacture complex components to customers supplying some of the world’s largest airplane manufacturers and primes.

Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21) is an improvement programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Aerospace and Defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains.

Arrowsmith SC21 Award[2]Launched 13 years ago, it has grown into the largest Supply Chain Improvement programme in the UK Aerospace and Defence sector. The programme is endorsed by all major UK Aerospace and Defence companies, it is managed by ADS at a national and international level (Australia, Saudi Arabia, etc.) working with SC21 participants, prime contractors, regions and regional associations, strategic partners, accredited practitioners, training partners, providers, assessors and ambassadors.

These awards are a critical performance indicator for the sector and has helped Arrowsmith Engineering secure more than £2 million of new contracts during the last twelve months.

Jason Aldridge, Managing Director, said: “This is a great moment for our business as it marks four years of us performing to SC21 Silver standards – one of the few companies in the world to achieve this.

“Over the last twelve months, and despite all of the economic shocks and turmoil of Covid-19, we have still managed to record 99.5 per cent right first time quality and 97.55 per cent delivery on-time and these are parts for aerospace engines and braking systems for the likes of Rolls-Royce, GKN, ITP, Incora and Meggitt.

“SC21 success has come in the same period as winning the Queen’s Award for International Trade, marking a 996 per cent increase in export orders for the business.”

Arrowsmith Engineering is a specialist in precision turning, milling, thread rolling and grinding, providing components to aerospace tier 1s and primes in titanium, nimonics, stainless steel, exotic metal and engineering plastics.

It is a key member of the Aero Services Global Group, which has made a commitment to all of its seven companies that it will work towards some form of SC21 involvement.


Phoenix CNC, renowned for its Aircraft on the Ground and speed shop support, will join Arrowsmith Engineering on the SC21 Competitiveness and Growth programme, the ADS-backed intensive booster programme.

Simon Weston, Managing Director of Aero Services Global Group, said: “We were founded in 2015 with the aim of developing a highly specialist group, which could help a global customer base to consolidate their supply chains through innovation, efficiencies and excellent value for money.

“SC21 has been a fantastic vehicle for helping us deliver on our promise and we want to ensure that all relevant companies we own are operating to the highest possible standards when it comes to quality and delivery.