The Australian Industry Group Defence Council today presented Queensland high tech company Micreo Limited with a prestigious defence supply chain award at the Defence + Industry Conference 2014 being held in Adelaide.
Micreo Limited – a small to medium enterprise (SME) – received the award for achieving 100 per cent on time delivery and 100 per cent quality for the past year.
They are one of only three currently recognised Gold level suppliers worldwide based upon a global benchmark of supply chain excellence derived from the UK 21st Century Supply Chain program SC21. In Australia SC21 is licensed as the Supplier Continuous Improvement Program (SCIP).
The SCIP initiative is currently delivered through the Defence Industry Innovation Centre, under the Department of Industry and is funded by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO).
The DMO’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Harry Dunstall, said the SCIP and the Defence Industry Innovation Centre are excellent examples of DMO and the Department of Industry working together to support defence SMEs to become more globally competitive.
In accepting the award, Micreo Limited’s Tim Shaw, said the Company considered this a double award as the business had benefited from becoming more competitive while the award also recognised the hard work of the entire team.
Micreo’s core business is the design and manufacture of RF Microwave Integrated Circuits and subsystems to global defence companies.
Micreo products are currently installed in several of the world’s front-line military aircraft and ships.
Liquip International and the Defence Materials Technology Centre also received recognition for their achievements under the SCIP initiative.
Liquip was recognised for its alignment to the SCIP commitments including leadership, delivering innovation, through-life solutions and continuous improvement.
The Defence Materials Technology Centre was recognised for its significant improvement in both business and operational capability over the previous 18 months.
Chris Jenkins, CEO Thales Australia and Chair of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council stressed the critical role of SMEs in the defence supply chain and highlighted the importance of participation in SCIP to enhance supply chain relationships and deliver innovative and reliable outcomes to the Australian Defence Force.
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