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. NMCL is designed to improve competitiveness, raise workforce capacity and increase productivity of UK manufacturers, thereby boosting the nation’s exports and economic growth.

Led and match-funded by industry, and with the backing of 25 of the UK’s largest manufacturers, NMCL has been jointly developed by the automotive and aerospace sectors for application across all areas of manufacturing.

NMCL Automotive, delivered by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), is the programme for the automotive sector and will make use of the £16m of government funding to develop sustainable and internationally competitive UK supply chains. The new NMCL approach has already been successfully piloted by companies in the North West of England.