Working Across Multiple Industry Sectors

The key sectors engaged in NMCL are automotive and aerospace but the processes can fully support 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 are 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 focusses 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 helps manufacturing companies of all sizes develop the specific business capabilities required to boost competitive performance.

Measuring success

An NMCL assessment measures a company’s capability, performance as determined by their customers, revenue growth and export business.
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Express your interest

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Assessing Competitiveness

The NMCL assessment score is 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

Read the latest press releases and information published by the NMCL office.

Victrex Win NMCL Funding

Victrex, an innovative world leader in high-performance polymer solutions based in Lancashire, has been successfully approved to participate in the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme developed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).  With over 40 years‘ experience, Victrex is developing solutions with PEEK and PAEK-based polymers and selected semi-finished and finished…


Cooke Brothers Approved for NMCL Funding

Cooke Brothers are delighted to join the growing group of leading manufacturing companies awarded NMCL grant approval for continued advancement of its business. Our thanks to the SMMT for their work in seeing the application through.  Approaching its 150th trading year, Cooke Brothers are leading UK manufacturers of hinge technologies and specialised pressed metal sub-assemblies…


Phoenix Tooling & Development Ltd Approved for NMCL Funding

Phoenix Tooling & Development, the well-established & respected high quality precision press tooling business, has been successfully approved to participate in the SMMT developed National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme.  Phoenix management are delighted gain approval & to take the opportunity to further enhance its workforce capabilities and increase productivity, to boost both UK economic…


Delivering Industrial Strategy through collaboration

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