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Approved Vendor List (AVL)

Our top suppliers are identified not by how much we spend with them, which can be a common mistake, but by how important they are to us strategically and how they enhance our service to our customers. We use the Kraljic supplier positioning model which is an effective tool used to aid formulating the strategic sourcing strategy. Annual vendor assessments are conducted on key suppliers and strategic new ones who are being introduced.

When customers audit us they, without fail, have a key section on vendor management and control. These visits are a necessary part in maintaining and developing our supplier relationships to ensure trust, respect and understanding. This is a global remit and ensures that, as a Group, we all operate in the same professional way on each continent. These supplier visits and audits also document our commitment to the Group Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR). Customers within designated market sectors can take confidence that our highly experienced Quality Engineers understand the requirements of the various industries. Suppliers to TR are approved based on their ability to meet the requirements of not only the industries, but also any customer’s individual needs. 

Supplier Positioning - How we categorise our suppliers

Supplier Positioning

Vendor Management

It is extremely important to ensure that there is a managed balance between TR`s customer requirements and TR`s supplier capability. To manage this requirement all potential suppliers to TR have to go through a very strict process of vendor appraisal.

The process is managed by an Approved Vendor List (AVL) team. The AVL team is drawn from our Quality, Sourcing and Commercial departments. To satisfy the team's requirements, the supplier has to comply with the following process of evaluation.

Vendor Questionnaire

TR Vendor Questionnaire

A self-evaluation questionnaire has to be completed by the potential supplier.

The questionnaire is split into the following sections:
  1. Supplier details
  2. Certification
  3. Traceability
  4. Manufacturing process control
  5. Product testing
  6. Product documentation

Supplier Quality Requirement

Supplier Quality Requirements (by industry)

Once received by the AVL team, the questionnaire is reviewed against an industry relevant matrix.

The aim of the matrix is to ensure that the supplier is evaluated against the specific market requirements of the customer. If identified, a gap analysis report against TR's requirements and market sector requirements is created.

Audit Requirements

Audit Requirements

Dedicated Supplier Quality Engineers within Asia, Europe and the USA are charged to audit the potential suppliers.

The SQE`s utilise the information from the gap analysis and the market sector matrix to audit the supplier accordingly.

Corrective Action

Corrective Action Reports

Depending on the outcome of the audit the supplier is either: 
  1. Approved for supply
  2. Approved for supply with an agreed development timescale
  3. Declined for supply until a development program is complete and validated
  4. Declined for supply

Supplier Terms

Supplier T & C`s

Once approved the Supplier is requested to sign TR's terms and conditions of supply.

Once agreed the supplier is set up on the TR computer system as a source of purchase.

Supplier Development Cycle

Supplier Development & Improvement Cycles

  1. Supplier Quality Managers in Europe and Asia are responsible for four areas of supplier development.
  2. Auditing new suppliers against a pro-active audit schedule supplied by the TR AVL team.
  3. Developing suppliers identified as having gaps between their current processes and the requirements of defined market sectors.
  4. Developing suppliers if concerns are raised during the on-going production cycle of TR`s customer.
  5. Monitoring the Quality performance of the supply chain and setting development programs based on trends identified during the performance review.

Contact us - Global Purchasing Team - purchasing@trfastenings.com