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21st Century Supply Chains (SC21)

What is SC21?

SC21 is a change programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace & defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains. International competition, together with the challenges posed by the defence industrial strategy, necessitates rapid improvement in the effectiveness of our supply chains. At the same time, industry must ensure that it delivers competitive solutions for customers whilst maintaining profitable business growth.

Since 2006, SC21 has seen companies benefitting from a large range of benefits and savings, such as:


SC21 Benefits Brochure v1 (2.1 MB)

How can I find out more?

To find out more visit the ADS SC21 website HERE

Who is involved?

To find out who’s involved click HERE to take you to Signatories and Partners 

How do I get involved?

To get involved contact any of the following:


Signatories and Partners


SC21 National Status Report Nov 2013 (5.0 MB) 

ADS SC21 National Project Office

In order to support this programme, ADS provides a dedicated and passionate team to execute the development and implementation of the SC21 programme delivery plan.

 SC21 Signatories

The SC21 signatories are the most important body of companies working on the SC21 programme across the UK. These companies have signed up to the principles of SC21 and are actively engaged in the journey to excellence. See the latest national status report (above) for an A to Z list of active SC21 signatories (and award winners).

 Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industry primes

Since the launch of the programme at the Farnborough Airshow in 2006, SC21 has been endorsed by companies of all sizes from the prime movers to SMEs in the UK aerospace & defence industry, including the UK Ministry of Defence.

ADS Regional Partners

SC21 is actively engaged in supporting participating companies, especially SME's. We have teamed up with local delivery agencies including the Manufacturing Advisory Service and Business Link. They play a key role in co-ordinating activity and securing funding.

 Regulatory Bodies

For example EASA, CAA and other regulatory bodies have been engaged and will have a role to play by advising how necessary safeguards and standards are maintained whilst reducing the cost burden and response time of product certification.  

 Industry Working Groups

To support the implementation of the programme, five industry led working groups have been established:

These teams have been tasked with developing and agreeing the common processes to be used in the implementation of SC21. 

SC21 Benefits Brochure