Sigmatex, a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of carbon fibre textiles to the advanced materials sector, has recently been awarded funding under the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) Automotive Programme.
Developed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), NMCL is supported by major trade bodies, industry primes and OEMs, working across multiple manufacturing sectors. In the Automotive Sector Deal, the Government pledged funding for an industry led national supplier competitiveness and productivity improvement programme.
The primary objectives of the programme are to:
- Improve competitiveness,
- Raise workforce capacity and capability,
- Increase Productivity,
- Grow our exports from the UK.
Sigmatex will use the funding to accelerate the implementation of its business strategy. This will be used to enable growth across key markets, with a focus on process and people development, strengthening its business capabilities.
Commenting on the award, Paul McMullan, CEO at Sigmatex Group, said, “We are delighted to have been accepted as an NMCL Automotive Programme beneficiary. This program is designed to help businesses like ours to increase capability and competitiveness relative to the changing needs of the Automotive sector. As OEMs increasingly turn to carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) as a means to reduce vehicle mass and improve EV range, it’s critical to the UK sector that we have a supply chain ready to deliver on the demanding requirements of high volume applications – Sigmatex is at the forefront of this transformation and with the advantage of our involvement with NMCL, we expect to remain leaders in light-weighting technology in both the Automotive sector and other markets such as Aerospace and Renewable Energy.”