Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade winner Accuracy International (AI) designs, develops and manufactures tactical rifles for military and law enforcement groups as well as civilian competition shooters in over 60 countries.
The company was founded by internationally ranked British shooting enthusiasts in 1978 and then, in 1985, their innovative design was chosen as the British Army’s replacement sniper rifle. Considered the world’s premiere rifle, British forces have used AI rifles ever since.
Headquartered in Portsmouth, Hampshire AI won The Queen’s Award for Export in 1998 and was subsequently acquired by an investment group. However, in 2005 it went into administration and was then bought by two managers and the two original designers. The newly formed company started with seven employees, and, as of April 2015, has grown to 83 employees, including ten based at a facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
When designing an AI rifle, upon which lives depend, consistency, reliability and high performance are critical. To achieve these goals requires the deployment of advanced tools and methodologies. AI employs world class computer aided design and analysis tools to optimize function and durability. By combining these methods with advanced prototyping technology on site, we can rapidly assess and compare a large number of design options, and iterate towards the optimum design concept.
The foundation of AI’s approach to manufacturing is a culture of continuous improvement and employee involvement based upon Six Sigma methods, statistical tools and strict compliance with the ISO 9001 quality management system. Application of these methods is also then complemented by a continuing investment in tooling and machinery to make the best use of the latest technologies to enhance product quality and productivity. Philosophy Accuracy International is based on the principles of world class manufacturing, teamwork, mutual respect and trust with the objective of maintaining our reputation as producers of the ‘best sniper rifle in the world’.