The Manufacturing Institute

manufacturing-institute-turbine2The Manufacturing Institute is an independent charity – driven by manufacturers for manufacturers – dedicated to advancing manufacturing excellence and professionalism.
For the past 15 years The Manufacturing Institute has helped transform manufacturing performance, working with over 16,000 manufacturers and 4,000 companies to encourage the growth and success of the sector. Our work is performed in partnership with industry and academia and a host of other partner organizations

As a Regional Centre for Manufacturing Excellence, The Manufacturing Institute delivers the government’s Manufacturing Advisory Service in the North West and since 2002 has helped manufacturers to generate financial returns totalling £739 million and to safeguard 8790 jobs. In October 2009 The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) re-appointed The Manufacturing Institute to deliver a further £20 million MAS programme over the next four years.

Key regional activities:

The Manufacturing Institute provides a comprehensive range of services for manufacturers, including:

Manufacturing performance improvement support

Support from The Manufacturing Institute

SAL Abrasive Technologies of Chorley reaped the benefits of a MAS performance review by boosting its order books and productivity. MAS Practitioner Jim Dowell is pictured with Mike Handley

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), which is delivered in the North West by The Manufacturing Institute, is designed to help SMEs grow and prosper in line with their strategic requirements. MAS helps boost innovation, reduce costs, increase productivity, leverage better value from supply chains and increase profitability.

New services on offer through MAS include programmes to help businesses develop capabilities so that they can diversify into supplying the growing low carbon market.

Additional support will also be available to increase the transfer of advanced manufacturing capabilities into SMEs in order to increase their medium to long-term competitiveness.

To find out more information on the MAS service visit the website at:

Make It in Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute’s Make It in Manufacturing campaign (, funded by The NWDA and European Regional Development Fund, is helping to attract the brightest and best new talent into manufacturing and promote manufacturing as an exciting and rewarding career destination for young people.

Nearly 12,000 young people have been involved in Make It activities since its launch in 2006 and now the invigorated new campaign will expand its reach to thousands more across the region with a range of exciting events.

Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence

The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence ( is recognised as the world’s most effective blueprint for lean transformation across the whole business enterprise, and the attainment of operational excellence driven by deep cultural change.

For 20 years The Shingo Prize has educated, assessed and recognised operational excellence in outstanding organisations in the US, Canada and Mexico. Now, in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute, it is open to organisations in the UK and Ireland.

The Shingo Prize has been cited as the ‘Nobel Prize’ of operational excellence by Business Week and provides a framework and benchmark for excellence for all organisations of all sizes and sectors.

Workforce development

The Manufacturing Institute delivers manufacturing skills development programmes geared towards boosting performance and productivity in North West manufacturing businesses, including:

• University approved Diploma in Manufacturing (results driven, nationally recognised education programme exclusively for manufacturers)

• MSc in Manufacturing Leadership – delivered in partnership with Lancaster University Management School

• 15-week (half-day per week) Team Leader Development Programme

• 12-week (one-day per week) Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing Programme

• Manufacturing Masterclasses (one day seminars promoting best practice issues and featuring industry experts)

• Short courses on a variety of best practice manufacturing issues

• LEAD – leadership programme for owner managers of manufacturing businesses with up to 20 employees.

Lean Learning Academy, in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover

Warren Bruce Court
Warren Bruce Road
M17 1LB
The Manufacturing Institute
0161 875 2525