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SAE ITC's AESQ Strategy Group Provides Aerospace Industry Savings Through Standardization - Recent Supplier Forum in Singapore Attracts Record Attendance

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 24, 2017 - The Aerospace Engine Supplier Quality (AESQ) Strategy Group, a participant group founded within SAE’s Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC), held its Supplier Forum for the first time in Singapore, achieving a record attendance of nearly 100 aerospace engine supply chain leaders.

The AESQ Supplier Forum, hosted by Rolls-Royce, provided the latest information about SAE G-22 standards, developed to set common quality requirements for the global aero engine supply chain to operate more efficiently. The forum provided attendees with an opportunity to share their views and experiences with the current set of standards and exchange best practice deployment stories.  During the event, AESQ educated attendees on the latest work streams for implementing SAE G-22 standards and collected participant feedback for inclusion in new standards currently being developed. As the benefits of implementing G-22 standards have spread throughout the industry, attendance at AESQ's Supplier Forums has grown five-fold.

“AESQ has significantly influenced the aerospace community by eliminating waste, reducing costs and increasing quality capabilities,” said Ian Riggs, head of quality assurance, audit and zero defects program, Rolls-Royce and AESQ founding chair. “In coordination with AESQ, the industry continues to strive for excellence by removing unintended complexity and continuing to drive engineering excellence and knowledge across the aerospace industry.”

Most recently, AESQ began offering a common training program for self-release delegates (AS13001), mandating the course throughout the aero engine OEM supply chain. The course sets requirements for inspection frequency and measurement systems analysis. More than $50 million has been saved across the aerospace engine supply chain as a result of more than 4,000 participants in 20 countries completing the training course.

“With the adoption of one common training requirement with re-certification every three years, access to an industry-wide DQR database and third party training and consultancy, benefits have been significant and immediate,” stated Martin Schaeffner, senior vice president, corporate quality, MTU Aero Engine AG. “Simplified training logistics featuring onsite, in-region and reduced training time all contribute to supplier cost savings.”

Since their formation in 2013, the SAE G-22 standards committee and AESQ have developed and promoted four aerospace standards focused on streamlining methodology and management practices within the aerospace engine supply chain. An additional six new standards related to risk mitigation, process control and supplier management are currently in progress. Several of these standards have been adopted internationally as a mandated requirement by the global aero engine supply chain.

AESQ member companies include GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Honeywell, Safran, GKN, PCC, MTU and Arconic.

Further information about the G-22 standards, future events, training opportunities and supporting documents can be found on AESQ's website at:

About AESQ

The Aerospace Engine Supplier Quality (AESQ) Strategy Group is established as a participant group under the SAE ITC to develop, specify, maintain, promote and deploy quality standards specific to the Aerospace Engine supply chain. This is intended to reduce customer specifics through a focused set of standards that integrate industry best practice and aerospace engine unique elements.

AESQ’s vision is to establish and maintain a common set of Quality Requirements that enable the Global Aerospace Engine Supply Chain to be truly competitive through lean, capable processes and a culture of Continuous Improvement.

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