£125m Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain initiative

Earlier this year, government made available details of the £125m supply chain fund aimed at improving the size, quality and global competitiveness of the UK’s advanced manufacturing supply chain sector. The fund is aimed at supply chain companies operating in England and can be used for capital expenditure, skills and training and R&D projects. Due to… Read more »

TPM Seminar – 15th March 2012

Created by the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a structured approach to deploy a comprehensive set of tools and techniques in order to eliminate losses across a whole organisation. TPM involves the capabilities of the whole workforce to ensure effective and sustainable improvements are implemented. Industry Forum will be… Read more »

Caterpillar announces £50m investment in UK assembly plant

This article was first posted on the SMMT website on Tuesday 13 December 2011   Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division has announced it is to invest £50m in its UK manufacturing facilities for new products and expanded production facilities in Leicestershire and Stoke-on-Tees. The news follows Caterpillar’s recent announcement to create 300 new permanent jobs… Read more »

Industry Forum & SMMT launch TPM Forum

Industry Forum and the SMMT have launched a free to use TPM Forum. The purpose of the TPM Forum is to facilitate discussion on best practices used for TPM implementation and preparing for a TPM award assessment. The forum is divided into two sections, one focused on TPM consultancy and implementation, and one on TPM… Read more »

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 »