Collaboration wins air-traffic control firm top award

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AIR-TRAFFIC control company Nats has been given an award for its collaborative approach.

The Whiteley-based firm has won the ‘Industry to Industry Collaboration’ award by the Institute of Collaborative Working (ICW).

Nats scooped the award for its supply chain and procurement partnership work with Lockheed Martin and Indra in the air-traffic management industry.

The award was presented at a reception at the hosted by the British Standards Institute (BSI) at the House of Lords.

Nats’ supply chain director Tim Bullock said he was thrilled with the accolade.

Mr Bullock said: ‘This award acknowledges the successful collaborative approach we are taking by engaging with our industry partners to create the delivery platform for the next generation of air traffic management.

‘It recognises how we are working with our strategic partners, Lockheed Martin and Indra, to harness to best effect our respective capabilities and expertise to meet the challenges of the future of air traffic management in Europe.’

Stuart Crawford, air traffic management programmes director at Lockheed Martin, said: ‘For more than a quarter of a century Lockheed Martin and Nats have worked in partnership to deliver safe, efficient skies for the travelling public.

‘The core values that have underpinned our relationship since the beginning – collaboration, innovation and transparency – have never been more in evidence.’

Indra’s west Europe director Ramon Tarrech said: ‘We are extremely satisfied by the award received by Nats.

‘Collaborative working on an extended enterprise basis is a powerful tool for delivering value to customers.

‘Itec, interoperability through European collaboration, system jointly deployed by Nats, Lockheed Martin and Indra is a good example.

‘The award encourages Indra to seek for innovation in co-operative arrangements in UK.’