• UK businesses receive Boeing Supplier of the Year awards

    May 19, 2011 - Boeing has recognized 16 companies as top suppliers for their superior performance and ability to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction in 2010.

    The companies, honoured as Boeing Supplier of the Year winners on 18 May 2011 in Seattle at the Boeing Global Supplier Conference, were selected from a pool of more than 17,500 Boeing suppliers in more than 50 countries.

    “These companies are an incredibly strong group of suppliers that delivered outstanding results, superior performance and top-notch customer satisfaction in 2010,” said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “We appreciate their efforts as part of our team.”

    “Boeing’s Supplier of the Year program highlights the work being done to partner with world-class suppliers who deliver outstanding products and services,” said Stan Deal, vice president and general manager of Supplier Management for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We view our suppliers as an extension of our production facilities. They bring us a combination of quality, capability, capacity and technology that enables us to meet and exceed customer expectations.”

    The Boeing global supply chain is among the most complex and geographically dispersed in manufacturing. The company annually purchases more than $40 billion in goods and services from approximately 28,000 suppliers employing more than 1.2 million workers around the globe.

    The winning suppliers were chosen based on statistical measurements of quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support, cost and their ability to anticipate and respond to changing customer requirements.

    Each supplier is profiled in this video gallery

    UK businesses awarded:

    Category: Alliance

    Vector Aerospace


    Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services Inc. provides depth maintenance, repair and overhaul services for civil and military rotary wing aircrafts. It offers helicopter repair, maintenance, conversion modification or refurbishment services. Vector has worked well with Boeing on up-front planning and schedule integration where it relates to the United Kingdom’s fleet of Chinooks.

    Vector Helicopter Services has earned an industry-wide reputation for the development and integration of glass cockpit solutions for both legacy and new production aircraft; having successfully created glass cockpit solutions for various aircraft types. In 2010, Vector was successful in securing key repair and overhaul contracts in the commercial, security and defense market sectors, as well as increasing its service delivery network through the addition of new facilities in Calgary, Alberta; Huntsville, Alabama and Lanseria, South Africa. The company was founded in 1988 and is based in Toronto, Canada.

    Category: International

    Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)


    The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing represents a successful collaboration between world leaders in the aerospace supply chain, key government offices and international academic institutions. Since its founding eight years ago with Boeing sponsorship, the AMRC has developed into a world-class facility, with staff dedicated to developing technology-driven solutions for materials forming, metal working, integrated assembly and composites fabrication that help ensure that Boeing manufacturing suppliers in the United Kingdom remain competitive in the world.

    The AMRC has helped Boeing establish similar centers in Scotland, Canada, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United States, Denmark, South Africa and India.

    The AMRC has consistently met the quality standards required to conduct prototype manufacturing for its members. It also has met all requirements for ISO9001/AS9100 certification. AMRC developments have helped Boeing and its UK partners to produce higher performance and lower cost parts and services for Boeing products.

    Larry Wilson
    The Boeing Company