FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season hasn’t been kind to the Arkansas Razorbacks. After opening the season with a win, the Razorbacks lost six straight games before getting back in the win column two weekends ago against Tulsa.Last weekend, another number in the loss column moved Arkansas to 2-7 on the year. If that wasn’t bad enough, the team had to play host to LSU this weekend.The Tigers enter the game as the No. 7 team in the nation and have one of the fiercest defenses in college football. That defense has been dominant tonight against the Razorbacks, who have zero points on the night.And yet again, if that wasn’t bad enough, the Razorbacks are now tackling each other on offense. On what appears to be a botched handoff, two Arkansas players ran into each other and fell down.Check it out.Oh lord Arkansas pic.twitter.com/GkoOFljjzE— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 11, 2018Not great.LSU leads 14-0 late in the second half.
Innovative NMCL package will boost the performance of the UK’s advanced manufacturing supply chain as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy commitment to the UK’s automotive supply chains.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its selection of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme as the mechanism to deliver the government’s national supplier competitiveness and productivity improvement initiative, as outlined in its Industrial Strategy, and Automotive and Aerospace Sector Deals. NMCL is designed to improve competitiveness, raise workforce capacity and increase productivity of UK manufacturers, thereby boosting the nation’s exports and economic growth.Led and match-funded by industry, and with the backing of 25 of the UK’s largest manufacturers, NMCL has been jointly developed by the automotive and aerospace sectors for application across all areas of manufacturing.NMCL Automotive, delivered by SMMT, is the programme for the automotive sector and will make use of the £16m of government funding to develop sustainable and internationally competitive UK supply chains. The new NMCL approach has already been successfully piloted by companies in the North West of England.NMCL is designed to help manufacturers of all sizes and stages of development understand how competitive they currently are and develop the specific business capabilities they need to boost their performance. The programme includes an in-depth competitiveness assessment based on company capabilities and the views of key customers. This data is then applied to investment decisions across six areas of competitiveness; quality, cost, delivery, flexibility, products/technology and customer experience. Projects are tailor-made for each manufacturer and focus on boosting competitiveness, increasing ‘value-add’ and winning more orders.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,This announcement is a shot in the arm for the UK’s automotive industry in general and the supply chain in particular. NMCL is a central part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and the sector deal for the industry, offering a proven way for business to achieve competitiveness. Coming at a time of considerable upheaval, it is important that all manufacturers are alert to the technological, market and trading changes that are occurring and take the right steps to ensure they are not just viable but globally successful in the future.NMCL projects will typically last from six months for smaller initiatives to up to three years for entire business transformations. NMCL’s approach is also ideally suited to other manufacturing sectors such as rail and defence. Companies are invited to declare an initial expression of interest in participating in NMCL by completing a short form on the NMCL website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)