TTI has invested time , money and effort to strengthen its position as a leading distributor supplier to the aerospace and military market.
The specialist distributor is now JOSCAR-registered after complying with the rigorous accreditation process.
“They look everywhere including your top drawer,” smiles Lee Thompson, Director Industry Marketing, Europe, Defence, Aerospace & Space for TTI.
JOSCAR, the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register, is the new accreditation system for the aerospace, defence and security sectors. The system was established following an initiative led by ADS Group and includes a growing number of prime contractors as registered buyers. Explains Thompson: “JOSCAR ensures and demonstrates that companies have the correct procedures and processes in place.” TTI is also AS 9100 A & C approved and holds a number of other international and company-specific approvals required by the defence and aerospace markets.
Being registered enables TTI to supply leading manufacturers in the defence and aerospace sector.
“It has become a real challenge for companies working in these demanding sectors to manage the supply chain in respect to export controls. There are different interpretations of the regulations across Europe, but more and more we need to know the nature of the equipment that the components we sell will end up in. In effect, we need to know our customers’ customers,” says Thompson.
“It is more about the process than the products,” he adds, citing anti-bribery measures and software processes as other procedures that fall under the JOSCAR registration.
Defence and aerospace is becoming an increasingly important market for TTI.
“We believe that is because of the franchises we carry and the relationships that we have with them which enables us to support customers who have justifiably exacting needs,” says Thompson.