UK engine investment set to create hundreds of new jobs

This article was first posted on the SMMT website on Tuesday 13 December 2011 JCB, the world’s third largest manufacturer of construction equipment, today announced plans for a new £31 million engine development project in the UK that will create around 350 jobs across its Midlands and Wales plants. The programme will benefit from a… Read more »

VDA 6.3 Process Audit – Seminar 20th December 2011

Developed by the German automotive industry VDA 6.3 defines a process based audit standard for evaluating and improving controls in a manufacturing organisation’s processes. Revised in 2010, the standard was comprehensively restructured to reflect the changes to ISO9001 and customer specific requirements in the automotive industry. The standard can be used by any organisation, either… Read more »

Finding All of the Benefits of Business Improvement

Ever had difficulty finding the benefits of all that improvement activity on your bottom line? Perhaps you’re looking in the wrong place in the wrong timescale…….. If there are unrealistic expectations about the short-term financial returns to be made from improvements this can lead to disillusionment and a scaling down of activity just when the… Read more »

Rolls-Royce announces plans to expand Goodwood manufacturing site

Rolls-Royce has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility at Goodwood in West Sussex as the brand celebrates significant growth in global sales. The expansion will see total investment of approximately £10 million and will complete the final phase of the site’s development. Work will see the assembly hall increased in size by more than… Read more »

JLR welcomes largest intake of UK graduates in company history

Released 5th September 2011 Jaguar Land Rover today welcomed its largest single intake of graduates in the company’s history. The 336 new recruits are beginning a two year programme developed to provide the right blend of technical expertise, personal development and knowledge needed for a truly rewarding career at one of the world’s leading automotive… Read more »

Industry Forum announces new Chief Executive

It has been announced today that Dr Chris Owen has been appointed Chief Executive of SMMT Industry Forum – the world-leading productivity improvement and training business. Since 1995, the organisation has provided support services to global companies across manufacturing industries, capitalising on its unique automotive heritage. “I am delighted that Chris has agreed to lead… Read more »

Industry Forum launches new Leadership & Cultural Change Programme

Industry Forum has launched a new Leadership & Cultural Change Programme which will be run at its modern Learning Centre in Birmingham. The first course is due to run between 29th November 2011 and 2nd December 2011. The Leadership and Cultural Change Programme is designed to equip leaders of teams, change agents and engineering project/programme… Read more »