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£16m programme launched to help boost auto industry

The Hub News Team | 1.5.19

A £16m programme to boost competitiveness and productivity for UK automotive manufacturers has been rolled out to include the Marches region.

AutomotiveThe Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) says the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme will bring major benefits to UK manufacturers.

The programme - which is being led and match-funded by industry and has the backing of 25 of the UK's largest manufacturers - has been jointly developed by the automotive and aerospace sectors for application across all areas of manufacturing.

It has been rolled out across the country after a successful pilot project was run in the north west of England.

NMCL Automotive, delivered by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), is the programme for the automotive sector and will make use of the £16 million of funding to develop sustainable and internationally competitive UK supply chains.

It is designed to help all manufacturers assess their levels of competitiveness and develop ways of boosting their performance.

Projects are tailor-made for each manufacturer and focus on boosting competitiveness, increasing 'value-add' and winning more orders.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "This announcement is a shot in the arm for the UK's automotive industry in general and the supply chain in particular.

"NMCL is a central part of the Government's Industrial Strategy and the sector deal for the industry, offering a proven way for business to achieve competitiveness.

"Coming at a time of considerable upheaval, it is important that all manufacturers are alert to the technological, market and trading changes that are occurring and take the right steps to ensure they are not just viable but globally successful in the future."

NMCL projects will typically last from six months for smaller initiatives to up to three years for entire business transformations. NMCL's approach is also ideally suited to other manufacturing sectors such as rail and defence.

Companies are invited to declare an initial expression of interest by completing a short form on the NMCL website: https://www.nmcl.co.uk/

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