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22nd November 2018

Lean manufacturing is a big buzzword in the industry – and with good reason. A belief system that has helped to propel manufacturing into an exciting new era, lean ideology is one of the most important and influential movements of our time. At The Manufacturing Institute, we’ve seen first-hand how it has transformed companies across […]


30th October 2018

The Manufacturing Institute’s Make It Campaign has a clear, unwavering aim: to raise and nurture a new generation of talented UK manufacturers. As part of Make It, students from across the North West participate in a series of challenges in various locations, putting their heads together to solve problems and come up with ideas. Our […]


22nd September 2018

As more and more people are hearing about the Shingo model, I often get asked to outline the principles on which it is based. As I’ve talked with clients about Shingo and taught Discover courses, I’ve found that although knowledge of the model varies at the start, people become enthused through the learning process. You […]


21st August 2018

In our search for ever greater reliability, efficiency and performance we know it’s likely for organisations to consider an effective Six Sigma program as a reliable and effective improvement methodology. But we also know that many organisations are extremely impatient, restless if a project is too time-consuming and quick to become concerned that their investment […]


8th August 2018

The Manufacturing Institute is committed to inspiring the next generation of manufacturing leaders. We’ve spent years supporting the sector in various ways, and last month we took things a step further by starting to train six new Shingo Facilitators. What’s involved in the facilitator training? All our practitioners need to become licensed facilitators in order […]


19th July 2018

With so much going on within the industry at such an astonishing speed, you need to take the necessary steps to keep pace. The very best manufacturers are the ones who never stop learning. By enrolling on a manufacturing course, you’ll not only acquire essential knowledge about the manufacturing sector, you’ll also benefit from support […]


5th July 2018

A recent report from Experian has unearthed some particularly interesting results with regards to the current state of manufacturing in the North West. According to the consumer credit reporting agency’s findings, the volume of manufacturing deals completed across the North West during the first quarter of 2018 has dropped rather dramatically… but the value of […]


14th June 2018

An honest, meaningful examination of your current operational processes is essential for improvement – and the very best way to accurately gauge your business’ health and prospects is through a benchmark assessment conducted by The Manufacturing Institute. Here, we talk more about the benefits of a benchmark assessment, including what you can expect from the […]


1st June 2018

Running a company in line with operational excellence principles is the biggest challenge your business will ever face – but the rewards are numerous. Not only will you trim costs and boost production rates (along with quality), you’ll also find yourself deservedly side by side with many of the best businesses in the world. But […]


22nd May 2018

Here, we cast our eye over the selection of courses currently available at The Manufacturing Institute, offering insight into what these programmes involve and which professionals or roles they’re best suited for. Developing People Our Developing People courses give learners the skills to motivate, enhance, and develop their workforce. These training programmes are designed for […]



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The Manufacturing Institute are actively involved in the Shingo prize for excellence - an award widely considered to be the Nobel Prize of manufacturing. With our help, organisations can grow and develop to the point where they meet, and even surpass, Shingo prize criteria standards.



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