Government gives green light to new competitiveness and productivity initiative for automotive manufacturers

Innovative NMCL package will boost the performance of the UK’s advanced manufacturing supply chain as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy commitment to the UK’s automotive supply chains.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its selection of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme as the mechanism to deliver the government’s national supplier competitiveness and productivity improvement initiative, as outlined in its Industrial Strategy, and Automotive and Aerospace Sector Deals.

With the backing of 25 of the UK’s largest manufacturers, NMCL has been jointly developed by the automotive and aerospace sectors and is designed to:

  • Improve competitiveness
  • Raise workforce capacity
  • Increase productivity
  • Boost the nation’s exports and economic growth

Delivered by SMMT, NMCL Automotive will make use of £16m of government funding to develop sustainable and internationally competitive UK supply chains and this new approach has already been successfully piloted by companies in the North West of England.

NMCL is designed to help manufacturers (regardless of size or stage of development) to understand how competitive they currently are and to help them develop the specific capabilities they need to boost their performance. The programme includes an in-depth competitiveness assessment and this data is then applied to investment decisions across six areas: quality, cost, delivery, flexibility, products/technology and customer experience.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said “This announcement is a shot in the arm for the UK’s automotive industry in general and the supply chain in particular. NMCL is a central part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and the sector deal for the industry, offering a proven way for business to achieve competitiveness. Coming at a time of considerable upheaval, it is important that all manufacturers are alert to the technological, market and trading changes that are occurring and take the right steps to ensure they are not just viable but globally successful in the future.”

NMCL projects will typically last from 6 months for smaller initiatives and up to 3 years for entire business transformations, this approach is ideally suited to other manufacturing sectors such as rail and defence.

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