The list of orders for the aeronautics industry keeps breaking records. To successfully navigate these increasing demands, sector businesses ranging from very small to intermediate-sized must be able to produce more and step up the pace. This is why GIFAS, along with the French government and regional executives, the UIMM (Union of Metallurgies Industries) and manufacturers, have launched the "Performances Industrielles" program. This program is intended to enhance supply chain performance in terms of on time delivery and quality, and streamlining the buyer-supplier relationship, with the ultimate goal of fortifying industry competitiveness and improving working conditions. Additionally, it aims to develop and capitalize on jobs in the industry.
This collaborative program helps large buyers and subcontractors of all sizes (very small to intermediate-sized) to make progress together, within regional clusters of six or seven companies. Within this setup, it is possible to diagnose local needs and focus on fulfilling them. Standards are shared and objectives are as well. In parallel, the association SPACE (Supply chain Progress towards Aeronautical Community Excellence), the architect of the program, provides training to all types of players within the supply chain.
The first phase of the program (2014-2017) was a success: over 6,000 days of support and over 5,000 days of training were provided. Four hundred and one SMEs, working k with 69 buyers, took part. Ninety-seven percent of the SMEs saw a significant improvement in performance as measured by one of the following criteria: on-time deliveries, length of delays, and quality. Overall, the program generated very significant improvement in supply chain performance: over 10 points better in terms of on-time deliveries.
Since 2017, 317 SMEs and 54 buyers have been involved in the most recent phase of the program. The preliminary results show a 30% reduction in non-performance, according to indicators defined for the industry by Qualifas.