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 UK 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.

How Do I Compete?

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

How Do I Become Competitive?

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

National Quality Assured

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

Delivering Industrial Strategy

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

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

Click here to express your interest in becoming a beneficiary of the NMCL Automotive programme.

Are you ready for assessor training?

NMCL Assessor training covers a broad spectrum to enable the assessor to measure and assess the competitiveness of manufacturing supply chain companies.

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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Company Revenue

Transforming Manufacturing

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

Call for expressions of interest

In the Automotive Sector Deal the Government pledged £16m (subject to business case) for an industry led national supplier competitiveness and productivity improvement programme. It is intended that this improvement activity will be delivered by the NMCL Automotive Programme and led by SMMT. The programme will utilise the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) system to:…


Become an Assessor

Thank you for your interest in becoming an assessor for the NMCL Programme.

Please download this document, complete and return to Laura Baker via email:

Please note that application closes at midnight 22nd October 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application form.

Watch a summary of LTASC

The government-backed £13m Long Term Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness (LTASC) fund drove £41m private investment into UK supply chain. 27 companies used the LTASC programme to boost their long-term competitiveness and 3,200 jobs were either created or safeguarded.

NMCL Automotive will start later in 2018, benefiting from £16m funding via the Automotive Sector Deal.

Delivering Industrial Strategy through collaboration

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