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Industry Forum was initially formed in 1996 to improve the performance and effectiveness of the UK’s automotive supply chain. This unique collaboration between the UK government, the SMMT and leading vehicle manufacturers saw experts – master engineers – seconded from founding partners to develop revolutionary new models and interventions for best practice improvement.
By 2000, the success of the team saw its consulting skills and methods in demand in areas outside the automotive arena. Today, the Industry Forum has blue chip clients spanning 6 diverse sectors, in 30 countries across five continents.
In 2007, Industry Forum became one of only six agencies qualified to assess Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) under the global excellence benchmark set by the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance. In 2009, we became the first organisation to offer qualified non-Japanese TPM assessors. Industry Forum is the only UK provider of MMOG-LE Training and also the UK’s only licensed provider of VDA, the German quality management system standard.
Active sectors today include, aerospace, automotive, rail and many ‘diverse’ industries.
We’ve worked with some of the world’s leading manufacturers…
and we also work for small and medium sized manufacturers…
These results show the improvements that our customers have been able to achieve over the past 3 years.
Industry Forum can provide a range of services to help improve your organisation’s manufacturing. We don’t offer one single standard solution, instead we get to know your organisation, your people and the environment within which you operate before working with you to find an approach that is tailored to your requirements, meeting your specific needs and addressing your most pressing challenges.
Industry Forum can provide you with a range of expertise to support initiatives from large manufacturing improvement programmes across a multi-site organisation to single projects in an individual plant. Industry Forum has a proven record of helping manufacturers of all sizes achieve their operational goals.
From design right through to implementation we pride ourselves on our ability to transfer the necessary skills to your people and to ensure that you benefit from tangible and sustainable improvements to your business.
For further information and an initial confidential discussion of your needs, please call +44 (0)121 717 6600 or email us today.
Industry Forum helps major global manufacturers understand, optimise and improve both manufacturing capability and business performance. Over 250 organisations in 30 countries trust Industry Forum to deliver and maintain sustainable improvement.
SMMT Industry Forum Ltd
2680 Kings Court
Birmingham Business Park
+44 (0)121 717 6600