Recent changes in border access and rules, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and wider political shifts, have exposed the fragility of many global supply chains. The HVM Catapult is experienced in developing resilient supply chains and supporting the reshoring of key current supply chains by providing the technological efficiencies that make domestic production globally competitive.
The HVM Catapult can enable SMEs to become more responsive to the demands of operating successfully in these supply chains, as well as making sure that smaller firms can leverage the opportunities presented by a fast-moving supply chain situation.
Albert Jagger, a vehicle hardware supplier, approached the HVM Catapult’s MTC to help in re-shoring production of a product range that had previously been outsourced to China.
MTC helped the company evaluate the financial, performance, technology and training issues associated with profitably re-shoring products, optimising the factory layout and introducing new technology into the workshop. A team of 11 engineers created a bespoke solution and approach that suited the needs of the firm and supported the company through implementation. The MTC used VR and AR (virtual and augmented reality) technology to help the Albert Jagger workforce immerse themselves into the potential future-state, helping to devise the best factory layout for working together as a team.
Albert Jagger successfully created an agile facility and resilient supply chain and has been able to produce the product range for 20%-50% less than the cost of purchasing from overseas. They have also been able to reduce their stock-holding costs by 50% and have optimised their factory layout and technical equipment for future growth.
The Nuclear AMRC’s Fit For Nuclear (F4N) programme is now established as the benchmark for manufacturers wanting to win work in the nuclear supply chain.
F4N is a unique service to help manufacturing companies assess and develop their readiness to bid for work in the nuclear supply chain. Developed with the support of leading companies in new build and decommissioning, F4N lets companies measure their operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.
Around 120 companies were granted F4N as of April 2020, collectively reporting a total of £75m of new nuclear contracts and £1.1bn non-nuclear contracts won.
Building on this success, the Nuclear AMRC is working with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to bring supply chain development to the wind sector. The Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) collaboration was piloted in Scotland in 2019 and is set to deliver the targeted support needed to keep wind sector jobs in the UK.