The MTC achieves top quality standard

The MTC achieves top quality standard

Date: Friday 14 November 2014

News The MTC achieves top quality standard

The pioneering Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry has been awarded the respected and internationally recognised ISO 9001 quality management standard.

The MTC achieved the prized benchmark after a detailed assessment process by the certification body LRQA.

The assessment looked at the MTC’s core processes, its business management systems and its communications processes across the business.

MTC chief executive Clive Hickman said it has been a searching examination but the centre had passed with flying colours.

“Our focus on the right things, the rigour of our processes and our ability to adapt to the demands of a fast-growing business stood us in good stead. In addition, the way we use technology to keep our people engaged with the business, and the way we focus on improvement rather than business-as-usual came in for special recognition,” he said.
“Because we have achieved so many of our business targets well ahead of schedule, and because we are growing so fast, it is important that we take a sure-footed approach to our processes and ensure the buy-in of everyone involved, including new staff entering the business for the first time."

David Derrick LRQA’s UK Business Centre Manager added:

“It is impressive that the MTC has been certified to ISO 9001 given the short period of time it has been in existence and the already large change it has gone through.”

The MTC opened in 2011 and was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers. The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK (the Technology Strategy Board).

The MTC engineers have been working alongside our team. We’ve all been impressed by their modest attitudes and exceptional knowledge. As a result, we’ll be manufacturing components that couldn’t previously be made.

Jason Aldridge
Managing Director, Arrowsmith