Supply Chain Engagement at DPRTE 2019

DPRTE 2019 – the UK’s premier defence procurement event – is taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre on 28th March 2019. The event gives the defence supply chain a unique opportunity to connect directly with prime contractors in its dedicated Supply Chain Engagement Zone.

As outlined within the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, The MOD are committed to enabling SMEs and non-traditional suppliers to bid for defence and security contracts more easily.

In the MOD report ‘Industry for Defence and a Prosperous Britain: Refreshing Defence Industrial Policy’, current Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that the MOD would continue to spend with SMEs. The report states that the goal is to place 25% of direct and indirect defence procurement spend with SMEs by 2020.

One important element in order to achieve this, is through the MOD working with their Prime Contractors, in order to maximise opportunities for the marketplace place through transparency of supply chain competition.

The Supply Chain Engagement Transfer Zone at DPRTE 2019 brings together many of the key Prime Contractors that are currently engaged within the delivery of MOD projects, allowing visitors to book appointments for 1-2-1 meetings.

Understanding how prime contractors engage with the supply chain is vital to ensure your business can benefit from the MOD’s ambition.

The Supply Chain & Partnering Knowledge Transfer Zone will provide attendees with the chance to hear directly from prime contracting and supporting organisations such as Airbus, Boeing and DxC Technology as to how they can engage and actively pursue new business development opportunities across the wider supply chain.

Delegates can also visit the Supply Chain & Partnering Zone, which will see some of the Prime Contractors deliver sessions on supply chain opportunities available on current/future projects.

The zone will feature a highly anticipated session from the Crown Commercial Service in collaboration with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

Also appearing will be Defence Contracts International (DCI) Marketing Manager David Young, who will talk about ‘Accessing International Opportunities’; while Jon White, Sales Director Europe at GE Aviation, will discuss ‘Supply Chain Opportunities With GE Aviation’.

Ruth Todd, Commercial Director of the MOD’s Submarine Delivery Agency, will also deliver a session on supply chain management.

To discuss sponsorship or exhibition opportunities at DPRTE please contact the team today 0845 270 7066 or exhibitions@dprte.co.uk

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