Competitive advantage through manufacturing excellence

Industry Forum helps major global manufacturers understand, optimise and improve both manufacturing capability and business performance.

An integrated team of consultants and practitioners – seasoned expert engineers with multi-sector manufacturing experience – Industry Forum brings together a world-class combination of improvement competency, insight, process and best practice.

Manufacture more, better, faster with less

Whether you manufacture your own products – or subcontract manufacture to one or more third parties – you face relentless, unprecedented pressure.

Reducing costs…increasing capacity… mitigating or removing threats to production…entering new markets swiftly…understanding process failings… achieving sustainable solutions to business challenges like these will set a manufacturing business apart.

Recognising the need for proven, front-line manufacturing expertise, industry leaders across more than 30 countries trust Industry Forum to identify and embed the skills and strategy they need to succeed.

Spanning automotive, aerospace, construction, consumer appliance, electronics and food sectors, for 18 years Industry Forum has planned and delivered some of the world’s most consistent and successful transformations for business-critical manufacturing operations.

Combining proven expertise, business objectivity and operational sensitivity, Industry Forum reveals the lasting improvements and efficiencies within a business that it knows can be achieved.


Hands-on help in all the areas you need

Working with your team, engaging at every level, Industry Forum engineers deliver competitive advantage and sustainable results in three practical ways.

  • We analyse and transform manufacturing and supply chain operations by providing expert consultants and interim resource skills
  • We inspire and train your key manufacturing and operations staff
  • And we audit, benchmark and monitor business performance

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Efficiency and clarity across your critical operations

Step-change business improvement starts with a best-fit solution strategy; one size does not fit all. We work with you to determine your priorities, creating a bespoke, realistic programme to deliver precisely what you need. By combining definitive operational data with best practice protocols, we engineer improvement across your manufacturing operations quickly and with confidence. Solutions will typically reference one or more of the following (hover over the diagram for more information):

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  • Call on technical expertise you currently don’t have in-house
  • Boost expert resource for a specific need or programme
  • Enhance or create internal staff competency in a business area with training
  • Get an independent assessment by a global third party expert


Why choose Industry Forum?

Operational Integration

“Working in Partnership with Industry Forum is enabling Rolls-Royce to develop a standard methodology for creating a successful capable supply chain for the 21st century.”

Malcolm James, Supplier Development Manager, Rolls-Royce plc

“The key to success is getting sustainability and it was after one or two years as we started to see the culture change moving towards a culture of continuous improvement that we knew this approach was working for us.”

Gareth Berry, Vice President, Global Operations/EMS, Electrolux

Robust Execution

“Industry Forum has been supporting The Findus Group with our company wide improvement programme based on the principles of Total Productive Maintenance. The IF team have effectively engaged local teams while supporting our agenda centrally & have interacted with all levels of the organisation, from Line Operators to Board Members ensuring alignment & understanding using approaches such as focused improvement and autonomous maintenance which have generated immediate savings for us.”

Mark Noakes, Findus Group Manufacturing Excellence Director

“The standard of implementation we’ve achieved is very high and that was largely due to the support received from Industry Forum. The knowledge and training that has been passed onto our people has been invaluable in getting that culture of continuous improvement.”

Gareth Berry, Vice-President, Global Operations/EMS, Electrolux

Attainable Results

“Our whole supply chain group improved in OTIF from 75% to 100% and delivered quality from 1500ppm to 750ppm”

Chris Plumb, Vice President – Operations and Supply Chain, Goodrich Engine Controls & Electrical Power Systems

“All in all we have measurably improved the bottom line and empowered our staff to drive improvements forward.”

James Simpson, Managing Director, Adrian Scripps Ltd

Business Value

“They go above and beyond ensuring that the trainer supplied during the process was meeting the needs of our facility”

Chuck Taylor, Plant Manager, Owens Corning, Jackson Tennessee Facility

“It is not just the achievement of the solution, which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise, but the learning of methodologies through team work that will have long lasting benefit to ourselves and our customers.”

Alan Charles – Quality Manager, Renold Gears

Proven Capability

“Achievement of ISO/TS16949 will now allow us to tender and win new business, giving tremendous opportunities for the future…We could not have achieved this without the help and support of SMMT Industry Forum.”

Matthew Kershaw, Project Manager, Setco Automotive UK Ltd

Leading Expertise

“One of the key things that they bring to the table is the diversity of companies that they’ve worked with allows them to support you in ways of the experience from other industries.”

Chuck Taylor, Plant Manager, Owens Corning, Jackson Tennessee Facility

“Because of commitments to other programmes at the time, we had to carefully consider whether to support this initiative, but chose to go ahead because of the reputation of Industry Forum. Now that we can see the great results, we are committed to rolling out the tools and techniques across the rest of the business.”

Richard Higginson – Maxpower Automotive Limited


Industry Forum: origins

Industry Forum was initially formed in 1996 to improve the performance and effectiveness of the UK’s automotive supply chain. This unique collaboration between the UK government, the SMMT and leading vehicle manufacturers saw experts – master engineers – seconded from founding partners to develop revolutionary new models and interventions for best practice improvement.

By 2000, the success of the team saw its consulting skills and methods in demand in areas outside the automotive arena. Today, the Industry Forum has blue chip clients spanning 6 diverse sectors, in 30 countries across five continents.

In 2007, Industry Forum became one of only six agencies qualified to assess Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) under the global excellence benchmark set by the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance. In 2009, we became the first organisation to offer qualified non-Japanese TPM assessors. Industry Forum is the only UK provider of MMOG-LE Training and also the UK’s only licensed provider of VDA, the German quality management system standard.


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