NMCL Automotive and SC21 Competitiveness & Growth (SC21 C&G) are hoping to secure an extension to their successful competitiveness programmes out to 2024.
Both programmes utilise the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels framework to help manufacturing companies in the automotive and aerospace sectors improve their competitiveness. The programmes have been running since 2019 and are having a significant effect on UK manufacturing with over £10m being offered to companies to help improve processes, tools and techniques.
Inevitably, the pandemic slowed down progress in 2020 but over 50 UK based companies are currently forging ahead with their improvement projects.
Funded by the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the programmes are seeking additional time to compensate for that lost to the pandemic, thereby enabling them to reach their full potential.
The programmes are led by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) for automotive and the aerospace trade body ADS. Helping companies to address their current operational, technological, and competitiveness challenges whilst also aiding them to work towards the phasing out of the internal combustion engine and the goal of decarbonising all modes of domestic transport by 2050 are key parts of the activities.
Companies engaged on these improvement programmes range from pre-production, high tech startups to companies with an international footprint and thousands of employees.
Both the automotive and aerospace sectors face enormous challenges over the next few decades as the need produce zero emission cars, commercial vehicles and aeroplanes from a decarbonized supply chain increases dramatically.
With BEIS support, SMMT and ADS are keen to continue the good work of NMCL out to 2024.