Investment in product verification to help supply chain profit

December 16, 2013

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has won a contract worth up to £4.4m to be one of the key providers for the ambitious Sharing in Growth (SiG) programme.

SiG will deliver a programme of intensive supplier development training. This will focus on tackling barriers to growth, boosting exports and growing the number of high-value jobs in the UK's aerospace and associated high-value manufacturing sectors.

NPL's product verification programme has been selected by SiG to provide the technical services and training to identify and improve product verification capability within suppliers.

Product verification is a critical part of the manufacturing process. It provides complete assurance that components and products are manufactured according to the original design specification, reducing product failure, poor performance, waste and customer dissatisfaction.

Accurate measurement is at the heart of product verification and it involves a whole range of specialist skills, equipment, processes, environmental conditions and standards. NPL's work with major manufacturers at the head of international supply chains has shown that product verification activities account for up to 20% of the cost of the finished product. Therefore, any solution to make this more effective can boost business for the UK supply chain and add billions to the UK economy.

Phil Cooper, Product Verification Programme Leader at NPL, said:

"I am delighted that NPL has been chosen as a delivery partner on the ambitious SiG programme. We are looking forward to helping to accelerate the growth of these supply chain companies, and creating new jobs in the United Kingdom"

Andy Page, CEO of Sharing in Growth, said:

"Product Verification is an essential skill needed to create a stable and capable manufacturing process. I am delighted that the National Physical Laboratory has been selected to bring their wealth of skill and expertise into the Sharing in Growth programme and help the benefitting UK suppliers to deliver globally competitive performance"

Participating companies receive a four-year programme of leadership training for the management team and business improvement training for staff that together is worth over £1 million and tailored to the specific needs of their business. Each approved supplier needs to commit resources of a matching value in time only. On-going support is then provided to ensure business improvements are sustained.

SiG is part-funded by government through the Regional Growth Fund, and supported by industry leaders including Rolls-Royce.
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