The Supplier Excellence Alliance and the Society of British Aerospace Companies Form Key Aerospace/Defense Alliance

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Two leading aerospace and defense groups form strategic alliance.

Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) board Chairman Michael G. Beason and the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) AeIGT Programmes Director, A.S. Leather announced a milestone alliance that will advance the mutual goals of both organizations and improve competitiveness at every level of the global aerospace, defense and space supply chain.

SEA is the non-profit alliance of industry prime and tier-one contractors and leading suppliers. Its purpose is to accelerate supply chain performance.

SBAC is the United Kingdom's national trade association representing companies supplying civil air transportation, aerospace and defense, homeland security, and space.

The organizations will combine forces and activities to develop a common criteria and/or certification for suppliers that would minimize developmental visits and redundant audits, adopt an international framework for categorization and assessment of supply chain continuous improvement processes, and establish common criteria for formal recognition for the contributions and commitment of aerospace and defense suppliers to continuous improvement.

"This partnership with SBAC is an important step in helping SEA members follow their global supply chains," notes Beason.

SEA member companies represented on its board of directors include BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, United Technologies, Inc, Parker Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, Cessna Aircraft Company, Honeywell Aerospace, Hitco Carbon Composites, Dresser-Rand, Roberts Tool Company, Cristek Interconnects, Photo Etch Company, Bodycote Thermal Processing and DRS Technologies.

SEA sponsors include Mori Seiki and Avchem.

SEA partners and alliances include Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), California Council for Excellence, California Employment Training Panel, California Space Authority, UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation, CONNSTEP, Inc., Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology (AM&T), ASG Renaissance and Net-Inspect.

To learn more about SEA, visit the SEA website at http://www.seaonline.org. To learn more about SBAC, visit their website at http://www.sbac.co.uk.

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