Working Across Multiple Industry Sectors

The key sectors engaged in NMCL were automotive and aerospace but the processes fully supported other manufacturing sectors.


The UK’s aerospace sector is a world-leader in a highly competitive global market, it makes a significant contribution to the UK’s economy and is responsible for £27 billion worth of exports.


The United Kingdom produces 1.7 million vehicles per year. Every 20 seconds a car, van, bus or truck rolls off a UK production line. Over 80 per cent of these are exported to more than 100 countries.


Manufacturing accounts for over 11% of UK GVA, 54% of UK exports and directly employs 2.5 million people. Sectors such as rail, defence and space were ideally suited to using the NMCL framework.

Boosting the Competitiveness of the UK Manufacturing Supply Chain

To be competitive a company must outperform its rivals over the long term and to do that, it must first understand how it competes and how competitive it really is.

Why Competitiveness?

Knowing how much you have improved is interesting, knowing how far ahead of the competition you are is essential. NMCL focussed on creating winners.

National Quality Assured

Driving improvement through the use of quality assured providers leveraging national assets and recognised centres of excellence.

How Do I Compete?

Being clear about how you compete and why customers place orders with you is the fundamental enabler for business growth.

Delivering Industrial Strategy

Quality assured delivery of industrial strategy through collaboration between trade bodies, manufacturers, Government and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

How Do I Become Competitive?

NMCL helped manufacturing companies of all sizes develop the specific business capabilities required to boost competitive performance.

Measuring success

An NMCL assessment measured a company’s capability, performance as determined by their customers, revenue growth and export business.
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Assessing Competitiveness

The NMCL assessment score was established by looking at a series of mutually supportive perspectives on a business.
Competitiveness Drivers

Company Competitiveness View

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Company Capability Assessment

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Customer Competitiveness View

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Comprehensive Company Revenue Profile

Transforming Manufacturing

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NMCL has helped slash product development time in half

It was great to check in with Wilcox Limousines recently to see how they were progressing with the NMCL Programme. We were delighted to hear that they are making great progress and getting the most they can out of the programme. “NMCL has helped slash product development time in half” Quite simply without the NMCL…


Sigmatex (UK) Ltd Approved for NMCL Funding.

With their headquarters in Runcorn, Cheshire, Sigmatex is a market leader in the design, development, and manufacture of innovative carbon fibre textiles to the composites industry.   They supply carbon textiles into many sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Renewable Energy, and Sports & Leisure. Paul McMullan, Group CEO, stated “We are delighted to have been accepted as…


Precision Varionic International Ltd Approved for NMCL Funding.

PVI designs and manufactures automotive position sensors and throttle pedals for some of the world’s most iconic marques. Since 1990, in partnership with Bosch, we have developed and supplied sensors for every major European car manufacturer. In 2000 they developed a fully integrated pedal and supplied over a million pieces annually to major auto manufacturers…


Delivering Industrial Strategy through collaboration

With national trade bodies and the UK's largest manufacturers
ADS Group
Aerospace Growth Partnership
Automotive Council UK