Calder Industrial Materials supplies BAE Systems Radway Green with technical components
Following a long technical development phase, Calder Industrial Materials has started supply of components to the BAE Systems Radway Green factory in Cheshire.
Radway Green, part of the blue chip BAE Systems PLC, plans to move into a brand new manufacturing facility in 2013 located on a part of their existing site. As a result of a business review, they decided to outsource the lead components which they had historically made in-house. Following an open bidding process, Calder Industrial Materials Chester facility won the contract for an initial 5 years with options for ongoing supply.
Technically, the components are manufactured to extremely tight tolerances and so the qualification has been as exhaustive as you would expect for a product destined for the MOD and our front line troops. Calder’s MD Maurice Bailey said, “I am pleased to say that we have gained MOD approval for the components and have now commenced regular deliveries. Initial quantities of some 74 million parts have currently been approved and we are working on the qualification of more components which should increase this to 120 million parts by the end of the year. This has only been possible with significant capital investment and is the culmination of a great deal of effort by the two companies to integrate the multi-stage process into Calder Chester.”