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August 2011 | Angeline Albert
aerospace companies in North West England will cut their purchasing costs with
a £1.3 million collaborative buying project.
of the Northwest Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) are
pooling their spend to secure better deals on categories such as utilities,
stationery, transport and environmental expertise. The NWAA has signed the
first of these joint contracts – to cut the cost of parcels and pallet
movements - with logistics firm TNT.
Merc Engineering UK and turbine
blade manufacturer ELE AdvancedTechnologies
have signed up to the deal, which other members can also take advantage of.
next collaborative contracts to be arranged will be for consumables, including
non-technical engineering workshop supplies, and personal protective equipment.
Hoyle, commercial director at Merc, said: “Transport is the first service being
rolled out to Merc and already we have been offered very significant savings.
As costs are ever increasing, the aggregated procurement offered through the
shared service’s team is a welcome support to Merc Engineering UK and will help
us to remain competitive.”
project is being run in partnership with logistics firm Unipart,
and is the £1.3 million is funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency and the European Regional DevelopmentFund.
The NWAA was formed to give small aerospace firms in the region a competitive
edge by developing shared services, skills and innovation.
Harrison, finance director at ELE Technologies, said: “Like many manufacturing
companies, ELE Advanced Technologies is always looking for opportunities to
drive its costs down. The shared services project has given us leverage and
cost savings that we could never achieve on our own. We look forward to
collaborating with NWAA and Unipart on the next categories.”