Chemetall, which became a global business unit of BASF Coatings in December, has been honored with the highest supplier award in the Airbus Material & Parts SQIP (Supply Chain & Quality Improvement Program). For the third year in a row, the company has achieved this Accredited Supplier status, which values Chemetall’s outstanding performance and continuous commitment to provide top quality products and excellent delivery reliability. Only four out of a total of 68 strategic key suppliers of Airbus have received this award for 2016. “We are very proud to having met the high Airbus SQIP requirements once again in 2016,” said Hendrik Becker, who is responsible for Chemetall’s Global Aerospace Segment. “Our customer can rely on the ongoing commitment of the Chemetall team to maintain our excellent quality and performance standard and to accompany the Airbus growth strategy.” His colleague Ronald Hendriks, quality manager and SQIP coordinator, added: “Last year, our experts Kirstin Uhl and Ulrich Eberhardt conducted three Lean Six Sigma projects together with Airbus. These projects contributed significantly to our success: we strengthened and optimized our internal and external delivery performance along the value chain and expanded our production capacity at the Langelsheim plant in Germany. We are delighted about this highest supplier award from Airbus because it acknowledges the continuous efforts of the Chemetall staff.”   The aim of the SQIP program is to advance the major strategic Airbus suppliers towards the goal of industrial excellence with regard to product quality and delivery reliability. In view of increasing production rates, this goal is of particular importance. Every year, the performance of each participating supplier is reviewed and either confirmed or – in case of non-conformity with the requested quality standards – downgraded or even rejected.