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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Become a pilot NMCL organisation

Complete our contact form to enquire about becoming an NMCL pilot organisation.

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.

NMCL Automotive to exhibit at the SMMT AQMS conference

NMCL Automotive will be exhibiting at the SMMT Automotive Quality Management Systems Conference. Book now The Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) invites automotive quality management professionals to attend the inaugural Automotive Quality Management Systems (AQMS) Conference,  20th-21st November 2018, NEC Birmingham. The two day conference aims to raise quality standards in the UK automotive industry…


SMMT Launches Training For New NMCL Programme Assessors

SMMT Launches Training For New NMCL Programme Assessors NMCL is a system developed by an ADS Group Limited (ADS) and Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) led consortium, supported by industry primes and OEMs. The Consortium has established a national, quality assured, best practice approach to improving the competitiveness of manufacturing supply chain companies…


Expressions of Interest for NMCL Assessors

Request for Expressions of Interest – National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) Assessors & Assistant Assessors   NMCL is searching for manufacturing experts to conduct assessments in the Aerospace and Automotive Sectors To register your interest, please send an email with the subject “Expression of Interest” to Closing date for Expressions of interest is 22…


Delivering Industrial Strategy through collaboration

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