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First STAR day sparks sharing enthusiasm

First STAR day sparks sharing enthusiasm
STAR day at Centrax Turbine Components’ Newton Abbot headquarters.

STAR date 2015, Centrax, Devon… Sharing in Growth has held its first STAR day at Centrax Turbine Components’ Newton Abbot headquarters.

The STAR (Sharing Together Achieves Results) Day allows SiG beneficiaries the opportunity to learn by sharing good practice and to add value to their own and each other’s operations.

STAR days will also help establish networks for sharing experiences on generic business issues and for benchmarking in commercially non-sensitive areas.

As well as hosts Centrax, the STAR day pioneers were CW Fletcher of Sheffield, Produmax of West Yorkshire and Leicestershire-based Winbro Group Technologies.

Guests heard from Centrax Director & General Manager Tony Wiltshire about how the SiG programme was contributing to both Business and Continuous Improvement and then enjoyed a factory tour which featured visual control, innovation and built-in quality.

The theme for the day was management culture and use of data as well as how the SiG brand could be used to support beneficiaries’ marketing and employee communications.

“We are working with beneficiaries to strengthen the SiG brand and extend our reach so that more people understand our success and what it means in terms of global competitiveness.”

Malcolm James – SiG Operations Executive

“I came with an open mind and have found real honesty and sharing of learning so we’ve all benefitted from the STAR day. It has really helped to understand how all the improvement activity hangs together and how you make it work.”

Gary Robinson – Winbro operations manager, Company

“I’ve been unlucky enough to move two factories to China and lucky enough to move one back. I see Sharing in Growth as a great opportunity for UK PLC. It doesn’t matter where you go, someone is always doing something better and we can all learn from days like the STAR day.“

Chris Wardle – General manager of operations at Centrax Turbine Components

Other UK Aerospace supply chain companies are being offered the opportunity to benefit from the £1.2 million worth of professional business transformation support offered by SiG.

Companies who meet the qualifying criteria are being invited to a briefing on 29th September at RAF Cosford to hear from companies already on the programme about the business benefits.

They can also discuss with SiG engineers and business gurus how the four year scheme works and why it is being endorsed by organisations such as Airbus, AgustaWestland, GE, Bombardier, GKN, Rolls-Royce and ADS.