Bridgewood UK achieves CAT Silver SQEP status

Hull-based company becomes first UK thermoplastics supplier to be awarded CAT Supplier Quality accreditation.

Online PR News – 20-September-2019 – Hull, UK – Bridgewood UK, one of the country's leading producers of thermoformed plastic components, has been accredited with a Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) Silver award.

The award identifies companies that demonstrate excellence in their commitment to quality. To achieve CAT SQEP status, businesses are subject to various world-class supply performance metrics over a 12-month period, and must achieve excellence in quality, delivery and cost.

Only a small number of suppliers achieve this award, and Bridgewood is the only UK thermoplastics supplier to have achieved this accreditation, and the highest scoring accredited plastics supplier in Europe.

The Hull-based company is a strategic supplier to CAT, supplying into more than ten facilities across four continents. It implemented a number of operational changes over a three-year period to ensure the high performance standards required for the SQEP award were achieved, affecting design and development, production, admin and distribution departments.

The company has committed to achieving a zero-defect culture and the benefit of these techniques, procedures and processes will be to the benefit of its entire customer base.

Bridgewood UK will now be evaluated on a monthly basis to maintain the CAT SQEP accreditation.

Richard Clynes, managing director of Bridgewood UK, said: "Being accredited to CAT SQEP Silver is the culmination of several years focus and collaboration. Caterpillar has been one of our major customers for the past 20 years and during this time, we have always strived to improve the quality of our performance.

"This may sound like the end of a journey, but in reality it is even tougher to keep this status than it is to gain it in the first place. There will be no letup in our drive and focus."

A CAT spokesperson added: "Through the CAT Silver award, we have identified and qualified Bridgewood UK as a world-class manufacturer and supplier in thermoplastics.

"This marks the next step in our relationship with Bridgewood UK and we look forward to continuing to work with the company to maintain this coveted status."