At the center of our continuous improvement efforts is our ACE (Achieving Competitive Excellence) operating system. The common tools and language of ACE allow us to leverage our global scale to improve margins and provide better value to our customers. By the end of 2012, we had reached our goal of having 80 percent of our sites achieve the highest operating performance levels of ACE Silver or Gold. The addition of Goodrich to the portfolio resets this number to nearly 70 percent and provides additional opportunity to leverage ACE.
In addition to this reset, we raised the productivity and performance requirements for our own operations as well as for our key suppliers. We anticipate significant improvement in productivity, quality, delivery and overall financial performance as we drive toward our new goals of 80 percent of our sites — and 75 percent of our key supplier spend — at the highest ACE performance levels.
Along with tremendous new capabilities, technologies and leadership talent, Goodrich brought with it a shared commitment to working with customers to drive continuous improvement. Highlighting this approach was the design, development and testing of its evacuation slides for the Airbus A380, which demonstrated that 873 people — the full capacity of the aircraft — could evacuate safely and reliably in 78 seconds, exceeding the 90-second government requirement.