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Future Surface Fleet Addresses the ongoing challenge of Obsolescence.



We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to present with Dr Matt Darkin, the DE&S Marine Electrical – Systems Project Team Leader & Obsolescence Lead for Ships OC, at the Defence Leaders Future Surface Fleet 2019 Pre-Conference Focus Day in Portsmouth.

Dr Matt Darkin delivered a presentation on Power Generation technology for the future surface combatant and Mark Copp, Technical Director for Allan Webb Ltd, joined him to discuss the challenges of being both pro-active and reactive with electrical obsolescence with regards to a recent successfully completed joint project.

Obsolescence in long life projects and equipment is inevitable and electrical items, with shorter lifespans often carry particularly high risk. Unforeseen obsolescence issues can happen quickly, often having significant impacts including loss of equipment capability and significant increase in through life support costs. Pro-active obsolescence management, including monitoring and resolution of obsolescence risk to high risk parts, is essential to effectively supporting equipments. Tailoring an obsolescence management strategy to proactively monitor high risk parts and adopt a reactive strategy where appropriate allows for maximum availability and optimum cost.

The Future Surface Fleet annual conference is established as a premier international maritime forum bringing together senior government officials, military and industry to understand the latest maritime developments around the world. Future Surface Fleet has established a deserved reputation for high quality presentations and productive networking allowing industry and officials to engage, share knowledge and raise mutual awareness.

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Come and See Us on Stand 46 at DPRTE 2019


DPRTE is the UK’S leading Defence Procurement and Supply Chain event. On 28th March 2019 at the NEC Birmingham, DPRTE 2019 will provide the opportunity to engage directly with the key personnel and organisations responsible for setting strategy and operationally delivering an annual budget of over £19 billion.

As specialists in Inventory Modelling & Data Analytics, we will be sharing with customers how our bespoke solutions can lead to business efficiencies and improvements. Our expertise in tri-service inventory management and the wider Defence supply chain processes and procedures have allowed us to support our customers in making informed decisions on how they manage and utilise their technical and logistics systems.

Obsolescence Management is just one of many services we offer to the MoD and industry, and we will be on Stand no. 46 discussing the tools and techniques available to support our customers.

We provide a range of inventory management services aimed at reducing costs for our customers, combatting obsolescence and improving the all-important “bottom line”, including:

– Data Cleansing
– Sourcing difficult to find items.
– Sourcing obsolete items (or viable replacements).
– Cost modelling
– Training
– Planning and Policy

Our parts experts have specialist obsolescence management experience and can assist your needs across commodity groups, such as:

– Electrical.
– Mechanical.
– Hydraulic.
– Assemblies or individual piece parts.

With our dedicated obsolescence management division, Through Life Support Ltd (TLS), we are able to provide a comprehensive support offering to customers across all sectors, so contact us to arrange an appointment at DPRTE 2019 or pop along and talk to us on Stand 46.

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Staff on a Mission to Help the Homeless


Richard Allott, Glyn Davies and Phil Dean recently visited the Gloucester City Mission to present a donation of £360 (£180 raised through Phil’s tuck shop, with a matched donation from Allan Webb Ltd). Gloucester City Mission is a charity working with homeless and marginalised people in the Gloucester area and the money was gratefully and warmly received. It will enable 15 people in dire need to sleep in a warm, safe environment for one night next winter.

The Mission offers help and support at so many levels to those that really need it, providing food, shelter, advice, clothes, showers and comfort to people who are alone, hungry and isolated, sleeping rough, ‘sofa surfing’ or in a hostel.

The life expectancy of people living on the streets is between 42 and 47 years.

Many of the issues that are dealt with at the centre are things most of us steer clear of. Some are things we take for granted. For the people using the centre they can be critical issues and, for some, just knowing somebody cares enough to talk and listen can make an enormous difference. 

The Mission relies totally on donations and their tiny paid staff (1 full-time and 3 part-time) are supported by a fantastic team of volunteers and Trustees to provide:

  • Medical treatment
  • Housing
  • Financial advise
  • Drug addiction management
  • Alcohol addiction management
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Dealing with Loneliness
  • Something to eat and drink
  • A simple washing machine
  • A shower
  • Someone to talk to
  • A place to relax for a short while
  • A place to sleep (during the winter)

Allan Webb staff continue to help raise awareness and funds for the Mission by using Phil’s brilliant Tuck Shop, donating products for Phil to sell, or by making donations.

If you wish to help the Mission you can donate money, time (contact Dave Kinghorn on 01452 901922 to volunteer) or products such as:

  • Pot Noodles, Mug Shots, soup etc. which can be mixed with hot water and easily distributed
  • Chocolate bars, small packets of biscuits and similar
  • Shampoo and soap, ideally individually wrapped ‘hotel’ or ‘travel’ size products
  • Washing machine tablets
  • Good quality laundered clothes, particularly underwear
  • Good quality laundered bedding

For more information about the work of the Gloucester City Mission, visit

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Allan Webb Selected as Key Provider into the Programme Delivery Partner for DE&S


Allan Webb Ltd are delighted to have been selected to be a key support provider into the Programme Delivery Partner (PDP) for Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).

The PDP contract will be delivered by the U.K. businesses of Jacobs and Turner & Townsend, under the Equinox joint venture, along with Allan Webb Limited and other SMEs, drawing upon their proven U.K. capability, resource base and global best.

With its many years of experience and knowledge, Allan Webb will support PDP in important areas including:

  • Asset Management (Inventory Optimisation, Configuration Control etc.);
  • Modelling & Analysis (Comparative Analysis, Task Analysis, FMECA, LORA, HFI, RCM, Cost of Ownership etc.);
  • Supply Chain Management (Initial Provisioning / Ranging and Scaling, Data Analysis, Inventory Planning and Audits, NATO Codification, Disposal Management / Stock Disposal etc.);
  • Service Delivery Management (Transition to Support, Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), GFE / GFX Management etc.);
  • Technical Through Life Support including (Support Solutions Modelling, Supportability Cases, ARM, Obsolescence Management, Technical Documentation (including Cataloguing, Technical Authoring and Interactive Technical Documentation etc.).


“Jacobs has decades of experience providing and integrating full lifecycle services supporting government, military, defence and security sectors in the U.K., and worldwide, to run more efficiently and safely,” said Jacobs Senior Vice President Aerospace, Technology, Environmental and Nuclear International Pete Lutwyche. “Our global programme delivery expertise, coupled with our extensive defence and non-defence capabilities, positions Jacobs ideally – along with our partners – to support DE&S’ continuing transformation programme and journey to becoming a world-leading, best-in-class defence delivery organisation.”

Vincent Clancy, Turner & Townsend Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, added: “Being appointed together with Jacobs provides a further platform to support this transformation programme and strengthens our relationship with the MOD. This builds upon our appointment in 2017 by the MOD, as part of the Paragon JV, as DE&S’ Commercial Delivery Partner and in early 2018 as Strategic Construction Advisor for the Defence Estates Optimisation Programme. Through the Equinox JV, we will draw upon our global programme setup and delivery experience to deliver enhanced programme performance across DE&S.”

Steve Rigsby, Allan Webb Managing Director stated that “This is a significant opportunity for Allan Webb Ltd as part of the Equinox team to utilise our specialist capabilities in support of our partners in the delivery of this important transformation programme for the MOD”.

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Allan Webb Achieves Prestigious SC21 Silver Award


Allan Webb’s Operations Director, Rory Lipington, and Sales and Marketing’s Jordan Dymond recently attended a conference at Farnborough Airshow to collect the SC21 Silver Award, achieved by the company for continuous improvement in the Defence and Aerospace supply chain and operational excellence. Rory and Jordan were joined by members from 44 other companies collecting similar awards for the programme.

Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21) is an improvement programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Aerospace and Defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains. The programme is endorsed by all major UK Aerospace and Defence companies and is overseen by the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) and delivered by ADS at a national level. It has an industry commitment to focus on delivering a globally competitive UK supply chain within the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sector.

The award ceremony was part of the SC21 Achieving Supply Chain Excellence events which provide excellent networking opportunities and gives attendees the chance to meet with the ADS SC21 project team, representatives from SMEs, primes and Government.

“As a company that prides itself in providing the highest quality services for our customers, SC21 is a vital part of our daily practices” commented Steve Rigsby, Managing Director of Allan Webb Ltd.  “The achievement of the Silver standard is the latest milestone in our ongoing bid to continually improve our performances and is the culmination of 4 years of investment in the scheme. The success of the scheme is down to support from all of our employees and I couldn’t be happier with the dedication and professionalism of our team in helping us reach this prestigious goal.”

Whilst this is a momentous achievement, Allan Webb Ltd are far from finished with the self-improvement framework and will be working towards joining the exclusive ranks of the Gold Achievers in the near future.

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