In line with the terms of the 5 year NSoIT(D) contract signed between the UK Ministry of Defence and Barum & Dewar in early 2020, Barum & Dewar is pleased to announce it has received approval for the manufacture of a further 600 ruggedised transit cases. The cases will provide protection to a range of IT hardware and associated communication equipment during field deployment, enabling rapid delivery to the frontline.
Following the delivery of over 250 19” racks and 100’s of transit cases during the past 12 months, this requirement builds upon the work already undertaken by Barum & Dewar since the initial contract award. By understanding the MOD’s intricacies and specific needs, we have provided them with high-quality bespoke designed packaging solutions, which have ensured the highest standard of protection and presentation for their equipment. Regular engagement throughout the design process between B&D and the MoD has created trust, encouraged innovation and collaboration, ensuring a clear understanding of user needs.
This latest award will utilise military accredited cases from our partner SKB, which will be internally fitted with custom designed foam, manufactured and installed by the reputable team at our dedicated UK foam facility. This experience and access to leading products, alongside in-house design and manufacture, is a powerful combination.
Having worked in close partnership for over a year with MoD project teams, Barum & Dewar has built a clear understanding of both the user needs as well as the most suitable method of containerisation- allowing us to deliver market-leading protective packaging solutions, bespoke to their needs, in a fast timeline.
"It is crucial to have good relationships and a strong shared understanding of requirements between military and industry to ensure seamless operations”
The defence industry today was re-united in full force for the first time in 18 months at DSEI - and nothing beats meeting face-to-face, making connections, and sharing industry best practice for the development of our sector. The event and show have provided the opportunity to reignite industry relationships that have been online for the last 18 months.
Day 1 has been dedicated to military-industry engagement and acquisition strategy, providing an in-depth analysis of key capabilities and technology programmes from service leaders, as well as looking at where business development opportunities are for solution providers to join the supply chain.
Specialising in the aerospace and defence industry for over 20 years, the Barum & Dewar team have unrivalled experience of the industry dynamics and challenges to deliver every time for our clients. The theme of the conference this year is ‘Powering progress: Defining your future’ and aligns with our ethos and way of working to build strong, valued relationships with our clients and supply chain.
It is crucial to have good relationships and a strong shared understanding of requirements between military and industry to ensure seamless operations. Interactions between clients, consultants, contractors and solution providers, and how effective they are, have a substantial impact on the success of any project. Fraught relationships can lead to underperformance and waste. A lack of strong communication can result in the loss of innovation as ideas travel down the pipeline. Over time, this can whittle away trust across the supply chain and internally, preventing companies from taking on board new learning, best practice, or innovation. Not only can a failure to work effectively as one team (with one common goal) put the efficient delivery of projects at risk, but it can also mean that innovation and best practice take longer to become embedded across the sector.
Building trusted relationships across our supply chains and industry partners ensures that we can consistently give the greatest value to our client relationships. At Barum & Dewar we have built a strong supply chain, working with experts and businesses who also share this philosophy of delivering quality and customer service in everything they do.
Our focus on nurturing trusted partnerships allows B&D to explore the benefits and solutions which only working together will solve for the industry as we move forward - finding ways to power progress and define our industry’s future, together.
To discuss how our team could support you with your requirements, please contact us.
As we look ahead to DSEI 2021 next week at London’s ExCeL, it is important to reflect on the changes we have seen in our sector over the last 18 months and consider the key changes facing our sector in the year ahead.
Below we look at the expected trends for the sector as outlined in the recently published 2021 Aerospace and Defence industry outlook by Deloitte.
The global aerospace and defence (A&D) industry revenue is expected to begin to recover in 2021 after a difficult year in 2020. But this recovery will likely be uneven across the two key sectors, commercial aerospace and defence. The commercial aerospace sector has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a dramatic reduction in passenger traffic, in turn affecting aircraft demand. As a result, the commercial aerospace sector is expected to recover slowly, as travel demand is not expected to return to pre–COVID-19 levels before 2024. The defence sector is expected to remain stable in 2021, as most countries have not significantly reduced defence budgets and remain committed to sustaining their military capabilities. However, given the disruption in the complex global supply chain, some defence programs could face minor cost increases and schedule delays in 2021.
Four key trends worth highlighting include:
1. Sector to remain stable as countries plan to sustain their military capabilities
In 2021, defence budgets and revenues for defence contractors are expected to remain largely stable, as military programs continue to be critical to national defence, especially considering geopolitical tensions. Global defence spending is expected to grow about 2.8% in 2021, crossing the $2 trillion mark. Countries across the globe continue to spend on strengthening their militaries as geopolitical tensions intensify despite the global pandemic.
2. Satellite broadband, space exploration, and militarisation to drive growth
Despite the ongoing pandemic, space launches for the first half of 2020 were mostly at par with previous years; the 41 successful launches were only slightly below the five-year average of successful launches (43). As funding continues to increase and costs decline, the space industry is likely to experience increased opportunities, primarily in satellite broadband internet access. In 2020, space investments remained strong at $25.6 billion, and the momentum for investments is likely to remain solid in 2021 as well. Space launch services are expected to record strong growth in 2021, with the market forecast to grow more than 15.7% year over year. Space exploration is also expected to continue to evolve and grow in 2021 due to declining launch costs and advances in technology.
3. Industry to focus on transforming supply chains into more resilient and dynamic networks
Lower aircraft demand and restrictions on the movement of people and goods due to the pandemic led to a breakdown of many essential A&D supply chains. This has resulted in an impact on smaller suppliers, especially those with heavy exposure to commercial aerospace and the aftermarket business. As most A&D suppliers are highly specialised with unique expertise and complex equipment, they could continue to struggle to make quick changes to production in response to varying demand.
In 2021, the industry’s focus is likely to shift toward transforming supply chains into more resilient and dynamic networks, which could be done using strategies such as onshoring, vertical integration, and increased cyber defences.
4. Industry expected to focus on restructuring, cost reduction, and supply chain transformation in 2021
While the A&D industry, particularly commercial aerospace, is expected to face near-term challenges, the defence sector is expected to remain stable and weather the pandemic’s disruption. In 2021, commercial aerospace manufacturers are likely to focus on restructuring and cost reduction to position themselves for profitable growth in the long term. The industry is also likely to take advantage of the pandemic and drop in demand to transform supply chains. Also, A&D companies could pursue M&A opportunities to build scale and capture greater value. Long-term growth prospects for the A&D industry remain strong. The space sector and technological developments, such as advanced air mobility, hypersonics, electric propulsion, and hydrogen-powered aircraft, are likely to drive future growth for the industry.
Next week’s event at London’s ExCeL will focus on these key areas with full days dedicated to Industry and Supply Chain Engagement, Future Operational Requirements, Obtaining Skills for the Industry and Information Exploitation.
The team at Barum & Dewar are looking forward to the event and reconnecting with the industry and our valued contacts after what has been a challenging year for the sector.
The Barum & Dewar team is delighted to be attending Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 between 14-17 September 2021 at ExCel London. The event creates the opportunity to re-unite the defence industry in full force for the first time in 18 months as it brings together the defence community and supply chain to network and build business relationships.
This year DSEI is different as it sees the live four-day event, as well as DSEI Connect- a virtual event platform running in conjunction to the main event which allows delegates to participate remotely - delivering an engaging and varied programme of keynote speakers, Defence engagement forums and networking opportunities. Key themes being addressed at this year’s event include Industry Engagement, Future Operational Requirements, Obtaining Skills and Information Exploitation, with a full conference day dedicated to each topic.
David Frame, Managing Director, commented, “DSEI 2021 presents a fantastic opportunity for the Defence industry to come together again after such a long time. The team and I are looking forward to re-connecting with contacts, visiting exhibition stands, attending the engagement forums and making new connections”.
The team will be at the conference from Tuesday to Thursday and would be delighted to meet with our valued clients and contacts. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting.
Barum & Dewar has built up extensive experience working in the complex and challenging Subsea and Offshore sector for over 15 years. The harsh environments that typify the sector place considerable demands not only on personnel but on the equipment that is needed to support these operations. Our clients’ equipment is often extremely high value with IP ratings requiring bespoke protection solutions.
With access to the world’s leading ranges of waterproof and rugged cases, an in-house design team and a dedicated foam facility we are perfectly placed to support this sector. Whether the requirement is a heavy-duty plastic case, sealed aluminium or a bespoke designed container, Barum & Dewar has the supply partners for the most complex equipment protection challenges.
Barum & Dewar has completed many different projects in the sector ranging from bespoke one-off requirements through to ongoing supply contracts for large Offshore organisations operating globally. As such, B&D solutions are employed in every continent proving the industry leading quality of the products we provide. Our team have built extensive experience from the wide variety of projects delivered to date and further enhance this knowledge with cross sector experience from the Defence and Marine sectors due to their similar complex nature.
Recent sector wins and successful delivery of completed solutions have established Barum & Dewar as a knowledgeable and trusted partner for product protection within this sector. Looking ahead, the emergence of more collaborative projects between the likes of the MOD and Offshore/Marine companies will provide Barum & Dewar with a real opportunity to add value through our combined sector knowledge and innovative design capability.
“Our clients requirements range from specialist singular items right through to large scale production. The B&D service process remains the same regardless of project size. We are able to handle multiple projects simultaneously, accommodating evolving design changes and working to a very high standard and very often to tight deadlines, which is specifically relevant to this sector.”
Emma Wilkinson, Business Development Manager.