A NORTH-EAST engineering firm has won national acclaim for its reliability.

Analox Military Systems (AMS) has been recognised for delivering 99.8 per cent of orders right first time, and 97.8 per cent on time to its customer base over the last 12 months. Additionally, high scores in Business Excellence and Manufacturing Excellence assessments, together with a strong commitment to continuous sustainable business improvement, has ensured the company achieved a SC21 Silver Award, an award until now held by only 26 British companies.

AMS, based at Stokesley, North Yorkshire, joined the SC21 programme – a military-led change programme to accelerate UK supply chain competitiveness – in December 2010, and has since worked consistently to implement improvements throughout the company. The Silver Award has been given to the company only a year after it earned the SC21 Bronze Award. It will be presented to AMS in July at Farnborough International Airshow 2014 by ADS, the premier trade organisation for the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

Craig Baker, quality and HSE manager at AMS, said : “To earn the SC21 Silver Award has required significant commitment to improving every area of our business. Everybody in the company has delivered their part of this to enable us to meet these targets, which we are delighted with.

“Our achievements in the SC21 programme are recognised in the UK military sector, and are helping us to win commissions. Overseas clients may be less familiar with the scheme, but appreciate the levels of achievement we have shown, and so our reputation as an exporter continues to grow. Also, the initiatives to achieve this have been implemented throughout the whole Analox group. As a result, they are helping us win business in every commercial sector we serve, as well as with military clients.”

AMS is a division of Analox Group which specialises in the design and manufacture of gas analysers for military and commercial use.