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SMMT Industry Forum is proud to support the new government-backed programme to improve UK manufacturing competitiveness and productivity. The £10 million programme aims to help make the UK’s aerospace manufacturing supply chain more competitive and was launched by new Business and Industry Minister, Andrew Stephenson during a recent visit to MEP in Aylesford, Kent.

SMMT Industry Forum is to play an important role in the new initiative. The SC21 Competitiveness and Growth programme is funded by the government as part of its Industrial Strategy, and Aerospace Sector Deal, and has been jointly developed by the automotive and aerospace sectors. It aims to assess and improve competitiveness, raise workforce capacity and increase productivity of all types of UK manufacturers.

The first part of the programme develops a proposed implementation plan, underpinned by a financial business case. This phase is known as the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) assessment. Led by approved Assessors, the approach analyses current capability across the beneficiary organisation, the internal vision and aspirations, as well as collating the views of customers on current and future competitiveness needs through a series of interviews. These are combined to develop work streams that will directly impact on competitiveness.

Companies can then access funding to use sector approved, quality assured providers to support the implementation of their plans. Implementation support will combine training, coaching and mentoring activity. Throughout the implementation programme, the beneficiary organisation will have full ownership and control of the activities, ensuring they continue to best meet requirements.

Along with other national providers, SMMT Industry Forum will support the programme both in the assessment and implementation phases. SMMT Industry Forum was actively involved in the development of the process, supporting pilot phase activities across both the automotive and aerospace sectors. In the automotive sector, the parallel programme will be known as National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels.

We’re delighted that SC21 Competitiveness and Growth has now been endorsed by government in this way. We have taken over 25 years of experience operating in Automotive and Aerospace sectors to develop this approach to help manufacturers understand their current capabilities and competitiveness, and quickly work out where and how to invest, to make big improvements. The programme is now very much open for business and we’re looking forward to helping more than 170 companies achieve their potential across the two sectors.

If your organisation is interested in benefiting from this programme, please express interest by visiting the NMCL website.

Celebrate the launch of our new product introduction courses with an early bird discount

Industry Forum has launched a new set of courses, perfect for anyone involved in implementing, managing or directing new product launch in an organisation. To celebrate the launch, we are offering 15% early bird discount for one place booked or 25% discount on total price for two or more places booked.

How to claim your discount

Discounts will be automatically applied to eligible orders when you book online. Please note that your discount will be applied once you reach the ‘Payment’ stage of your order. To qualify for the 25% discount offer, multiple participants / NPI courses should be booked in a single transaction.

Terms and conditions:

  • All bookings must be made by midnight on the 30th June 2019.
  • Offer can be used for two delegates on the same course or one/multiple delegate on two courses.
  • Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers
  • For questions please email [email protected]

A new approach to improve the competitiveness of the British aerospace industry was unveiled today; “NMCL” has been successfully piloted by SMMT Industry Forum with companies in the North West of England.

Aylesford, Kent – 13/5/19 – A £10 million programme to help make the UK’s advanced aerospace manufacturing supply chain more competitive was launched by new Business and Industry Minister Andrew Stephenson, today, as he visited aerospace and defence supplier MEP in Aylesford, Kent. Along with other national providers, SMMT Industry Forum – the training and consultancy specialist for manufacturers – will help deliver the new approach, called NMCL (for National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels), which is part of the SC21 Competitiveness & Growth (C&G) programme.

The NMCL initiative is notable because it starts with an in-depth assessment of a company’s competitiveness, based on interviews with its key customers. This then identifies which business capabilities areas need to boost performance, such as improvements in quality, cost, delivery, flexibility, products/technology and customer experience. SMMT Industry Forum has been involved in piloting the new NMCL model with aerospace companies in the North West of England, including the competitiveness viewpoints by companies such as Airbus and Rolls Royce.

Unilathe Ltd is a Staffordshire-based manufacturer of machined and fabricated components for the aerospace and automotive sectors that has participated in the NMCL programme as a test case. “What NMCL brings to the forefront is a set of criteria to benchmark against. As part of that process, you get the opportunity to talk about and address areas that need more focus. It sets a basis for a much more mature relationship with your customers,” says Andrew Simms, managing director of Unilathe.

SC21 C&G is funded by the government as part of its Industrial Strategy, and Aerospace Sector Deal, with the NMCL approach having been developed by the automotive and aerospace sectors working together. It aims to assess and improve competitiveness, raise workforce capacity and increase productivity of all types of UK manufacturers.

Dr Chris Owen, chief executive of SMMT Industry Forum, commented, “We’re delighted that SC21 C&G and NMCL have been endorsed by government in this way. We have taken over 25 years of experience operating in automotive and aerospace sectors to develop this approach to help manufacturers understand their current capabilities and competitiveness and quickly work out where and how to invest to make big improvements. NMCL is now very much open for business and we’re looking forward to helping aerospace manufacturers achieve their potential.”

NMCL projects are tailor-made for each manufacturer and focus on boosting competitiveness, increasing ‘value-add’ and winning more orders. Companies can undertake 6 month focussed improvement projects through to multi-year company transformations depending on their potential and ambition.

Interested organisations, regardless of their size and stages of development, can register their interest to take part in the NMCL programme by completing by completing a short questionnaire on the SC21 website

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New Business and Industry Minister Andrew Stephenson has announced the selection of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme, part of the SC21 Competitiveness & Growth (C&G) programme, as the mechanism to deliver the government’s national supplier competitiveness and productivity improvement initiative, as outlined in the government’s Industrial Strategy.
The NMCL project team at Unilathe.
Stoke-on-Trent-based Unilathe, which is a supplier to both the aerospace and the automotive industry has taken part in an SC21 C&G NMCL pilot programme. Pictured: Andrew Sims, managing director of Unilathe.
Dr Chris Owen, chief executive of SMMT Industry Forum, commented, “We’re delighted that NMCL has been endorsed by government in this way.”

 

Stoke-on-Trent-based Unilathe, which is a supplier to both the aerospace and the automotive industry has taken part in an NMCL pilot programme.

Industry Forum has announced two training sessions that will take place at Automechanika Birmingham in June, intended for those in the industry who want understand more about best practice in supply chain and manufacturing.

Supply Chain Management
10am-12pm, 5 June 2019

This session will give attendees a general understanding of the fundamentals of supply chain planning and inventory management within a manufacturing organisation, and how to manage it to achieve an optimised working capital position.

We will define the best practice planning approach, inventory and its objectives, review the characteristics of inventory in the supply chain and how to successfully manage variability of demand. Through detailing the strategic supply chain management process and inventory trade-off decisions we will show how an organisation can determine whether inventory is an asset or a liability.

The workshop sessions will consist of a blend of presentation, discussion and hands-on activity depending on numbers in attendance.

Register your attendance here

An Introduction to Operational Excellence in Manufacturing
10am-12pm, 6 June 2019

This session will give attendees the general context around manufacturing operations and the principles which underpin its improvement such as Lean, TPM and Six Sigma.

We will then expand on each principle in more detail giving delegates a greater understanding of when to apply them and give a focus not just on making improvement but also sustaining it.

The workshop sessions will consist of a blend of presentation, discussion and hands-on activity depending on numbers in attendance.

Register your attendance here

New government-backed programme to improve UK manufacturing competitiveness and productivity is open for business; new “NMCL” approach has been successfully piloted by companies in the North West of England.

Birmingham – 9/4/19 – A £16 million programme to help make the UK’s advanced automotive manufacturing supply chain more competitive was launched by Business 

Secretary, Greg Clark, last week (April 5th 2019). SMMT Industry Forum – the organisation set up by the UK government, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and vehicle manufacturers to improve the competitiveness of the UK’s automotive supply chain – is to play an important role in the new initiative.

The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme, is funded by the government as part of its Industrial Strategy, and Automotive Sector Deal, and has been jointly developed by the automotive and aerospace sectors. It aims to assess and improve competitiveness, raise workforce capacity and increase productivity of all types of UK manufacturers.

Along with other national providers SMMT Industry Forum will support the programme by helping companies understand how they can develop their business to become more competitive and win more orders. SMMT Industry Forum already has a successful track record in this area, including improvement delivery in the government-funded Long Term Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness (LTASC) programmes which created and safeguarded jobs, trained people and leveraged £41m private investment. It has also been involved in piloting the new NMCL model in the North West of England.

“What NMCL brings to the forefront is a set of criteria to benchmark against,” says Andrew Simms, managing director of Unilathe Ltd, a manufacturer of machined and fabricated components for the aerospace and automotive sectors that has participated in the NMCL programme as a test case. “As part of that process, you get the opportunity to talk about and address areas that need more focus. It sets a basis for a much more mature relationship with your customers.”

Dr Chris Owen, Chief Executive of SMMT Industry Forum, commented, “We’re delighted that NMCL has now been endorsed by government in this way. We have taken over 25 years of experience operating in Automotive and Aerospace sectors to develop this approach to help manufacturers understand their current capabilities and competitiveness and quickly work out where and how to invest to make big improvements. NMCL is now very much open for business and we’re looking forward to helping more than 170 companies achieve their potential.”

NMCL is designed to help manufacturers of all sizes and stages of development understand how competitive they currently are and develop the specific business capabilities they need to boost their performance. The programme includes an in-depth competitiveness assessment based on company capabilities and the views of key customers. This data is then applied to investment decisions across six areas of competitiveness; quality, cost, delivery, flexibility, products/technology and customer experience. Projects are tailor-made for each manufacturer and focus on boosting competitiveness, increasing ‘value-add’ and winning more orders. Companies can undertake 6 month focussed improvement projects through to multi-year company transformations depending on their potential and ambition.

Organisations can register their interest to take part in the NMCL programme by completing by completing a short questionnaire on the NMCL website.

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced the 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 the government’s Industrial Strategy.
The NMCL project team at Unilathe.
The NMCL project team at Unilathe.
Dr Chris Owen, chief executive of SMMT Industry Forum, commented, “We’re delighted that NMCL has now been endorsed by government in this way.”

 

Stoke-on-Trent-based Unilathe, which is a supplier to both the aerospace and the automotive industry has taken part in an NMCL pilot programme.

smmtIndustry Forum will be attending SMMT’s Open Forum which brings together 300 delegates for a day of presentations, knowledge sharing and discussion. The events offer excellent networking opportunities with leading senior figures from the automotive industry, focusing on opportunities in the UK’s automotive supply chain, with experts and key decision makers speaking on a variety of industry topics.

For information on sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, e-mail [email protected]

To read more information and to book a place please visit the SMMT website

Industry Forum is a proud sponsor of the Northern Automotive Alliance Business Awards & Networking Dinner – People & Skills award 

Category: NAA People & Skills Award
Sponsor: SMMT Industry Forum 

Open to: All SMEs 

Established in 1996 by British government, the SMMT and vehicle manufactures, Industry Forum exists to improve both performance and competitiveness in UK supply chain. Central to our ethos is a ingrained dedication to developing people and skills in the Automotive sector. 

As part of our commitment to continued development of skills and people, we sponsor the NAA people and skills award which serves to acknowledge and celebrate investment in skills by a small to medium sized enterprise employing less than 250 people in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector.  This award is designed to recognise an exemplary business that invests in both the training and development of its workforce. We will be looking for applicants who can demonstrate that they are a leading light in this area by showing clear evidence of how investment in skills can bring benefits to people and businesses alike. 

We ask that applicants answer the questions as fully as possible, keeping to the word count.  We also welcome the inclusion of photographs or diagrams that help support your application.

This award may consist of a 2-stage process.  The first stage is the People & Skills Award form from which 3 companies will be short-listed.  Dependent upon the applications there may be a second stage will take the form of on-site visit to further investigate each application and its background.  Feedback will be provided to each company that receives an on-site visit.  The on-site visits will be undertaken during October 2018.

Forms can be downloaded here and closing date is midnight, 31st August.

PLEASE NOTE: The NAA awards are open to all companies, you do not need to be an NAA member to enter the awards. 

About the awards: 

Northern Automotive Alliance Business Awards & Networking Dinner

Thursday 8th November 2018 7pm – 12pm at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Knutsford, Cheshire.

The event is is an opportunity to network with NAA members over dinner and drinks. The attendee numbers have grown year on year and this year is expected to be better than ever. It’s recently been announced that Master of Ceremonies and guest speaker for the 2018 NAA Awards will be Robert Llewellyn, actor (Kryten in Red Dwarf), comedian, writer, TV presenter (Scrapheap Challenge), presenter of the highly successful Fully Charged series on YouTube about electric vehicles, and most recently, the man behind the inaugural Fully Charged Live Event.  

Entry for award applications is now open. Becoming a shortlisted applicant at the NAA Business Awards will provide your organisation with the opportunity to be recognised as a leading player in the automotive industry.

Award Categories:

  • Trade
  • Innovation
  • Logistics Excellence
  • Marketing Excellence
  • Manufacturing Excellence
  • People & Skills (for SMEs)
  • Industry 4.0

Dinner Booking:

Table of 10 : £800* 

Individual Tickets : £85*

All the above include a three course meal with coffee and drinks.

Dress Code : Gents – Lounge Suit; Ladies – Long or Cocktail Dress

If you would like to book a place or receive more information on event sponsorship, please e-mail [email protected]

*Above prices are subject to vat.

A number of rooms have been reserved at a preferential rate from £125 on a B&B basis – if you would like to reserve a room, please contact the hotel and quote our event and date.


Toyota and SMMT Industry Forum to co-host one-day workshop, free-of-charge for senior executives, to examine ways of improving UK manufacturing productivity

Manufacturing businesses in sectors such as aerospace, nuclear and medical devices are invited to attend a workshop that will give a rare insight into methods proven by the automotive industry to improve productivity.

The one-day event, at the Toyota Engine Plant, Deeside (see maps) on 11th May 2018, is to be co-hosted by the Toyota Lean Management Centre, widely acknowledged as a world leader in manufacturing productivity, and the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders) Industry Forum, which provides consultancy and training to help transform manufacturing competitiveness in many diverse industries. Experts from both organisations will share lessons learned in automotive manufacturing that are transferable to diverse industries.  

The Industry Forum’s chief executive, Dr. Chris Owen, said: “At a time when we keep hearing how British productivity is lagging behind international competitors, the automotive sector is reaching out to other UK manufacturing sectors to show that productivity doesn’t have to be a puzzle. We are inviting chief executives and managing directors from other manufacturing businesses to gain a deeper understanding of how to deliver productivity improvements by examining their own beliefs and looking at methods underpinning Toyota’s world-class operational performance.”

The workshop will encourage senior executives to examine and challenge their own beliefs about productivity; consider conditions necessary for success; gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of Challenge, Kaizen, Genchi-Butsu, team-work, and respect; and examine the application of knowledge to different productivity scenarios.

Workshop attendance is free but Toyota and Industry Forum suggest that participating companies make a donation to the Toyota Charitable Trust upon receipt of an invitation.


NPI bridging business strategy and manufacturing operationsFor almost any manufacturer, accelerating the timetomarket of New Product Introduction (NPI) is a key strategic imperative within the constantly changing nature of today’s market environments.

Aspirational growth targets are fundamental to future business strategy and a large part of achieving this growth will involve the introduction of new opportunities and new products into the business.

Seamless New Product Launch

Accomplishing a seamless new product launch is therefore critical in an organisation’s ability to meet both the constantly evolving market demands and internal growth targets identified within the business strategy.

Executing a seamless new product launch however, is always going to be a challenging endeavour when taking into consideration the complexity of collaborating with multiple business functions such as engineering, planning, manufacturing, quality assurance and supply chain.

Managing risk

Every New Product Introduction opportunity brings an inherent level of risk with it. Managing these risks, within such a complex environment, is a key factor in the success of any NPI project or programme. In order to manage these risks effectively, an organisation has to be aware of the potential risks that will impact upon the programme, from the very outset of an NPI opportunity.

Introducing the right opportunities

It can prove hugely beneficial when selecting potential opportunities for future NPI projects, if the business has a clearly defined strategy on its product market groups and can provide feedback from the performance of its existing products. This will help the sales and marketing team to bring the right product groups into consideration for future NPI projects. This, in turn, will mitigate the risk of selecting the wrong opportunities; something which can be a major cause of conflict within a New Product Introduction environment.

Applying NPI best practice

The use of a defined, structured approach alongside the application of NPI best practices and proven tools will support an organisation on its NPI journey. In order to make a real impact on business growth however, NPI teams must ensure that they align closely with other parts of business.

Managing the lifecycle of the opportunity

The ultimate aim of a New Product Introduction programme must be to provide efficient methods and standards to aid manufacturing operations in taking the baton forwards and managing the lifecycle of the opportunity.

New Product Introduction must therefore, act as the bridge between your future growth strategy and the efficiency of your current manufacturing operations. For this to happen there have to be clear linkages and hand-offs with both parts of the organisation. Only then will an organisation gain the rewards of revenue growth as part of a successful NPI implementation.

If you have any further thoughts or would like to share your NPI experiences – we’d love to hear from you?

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