The Group delivers a diverse range of offerings, from consultancy and development services, to very high volumes of highly energetic aircraft flares. It has manufacturing and delivery operations across twenty sites, matched to the nature of customer demand and the characteristics of the specific offerings:
- In consultancy and R&D services, we form and re-form bespoke teams for each project
- Sensors & Electronics are assembled and tested in batch operations
- Energetic components use bought-in mechanical hardware with special batch operations to install the small energetic elements
- High volume products such as flares and some energetic products are manufactured on semi-continuous, automated production lines
We maintain excellent delivery across the Group by integrating operations, continuous improvement and automation.
We evaluate our factory footprint, both in terms of the cost base, and also in terms of the effectiveness and efficiency of the operations – where appropriate, we integrate operations on to a single location and in several cases have not only reduced costs, but also improved delivery performance.
Our continuous improvement initiatives are based on “Lean” and “Six-Sigma” techniques, tailored to the special characteristics of our operations, particularly when processing energetic materials.
Finally, we aim to automate high volume operations, particularly where we are processing energetic materials. This improves operator safety by separating them from hazardous materials, but has also improved quality and consistency of product performance and delivery.