Drawing on world-class engineering and design skills, England is a hub for advanced manufacturing. From F1 cars to industrial machinery; using laser precision engineering and the latest advanced materials, global manufacturers are leading industrial innovation here. Convergence with robotic technologies, sensors and Big Data is fuelling the Internet of Things and the development of Industry 4.0 in England.
Check out the strengths of some of England’s manufacturing hotspots below:
Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire
For manufacturing businesses, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire couldn’t be better placed. We’re the place that bridges the manufacturing heartlands of the North of England and the Midlands, which means we’re right in the middle of industrial supply-chains that are leading the growth and renaissance of UK manufacturing.
Jaguar Land Rover are the latest in a long line of major engineering businesses like JCB, Michelin and Alstom that have enjoyed manufacturing success by making Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire their home. We have thousands of companies that are making the most of the growing opportunities in automotive, aerospace, rail, energy, medical devices, ceramics, food and drink sectors.
In terms of potential workforce, we can offer the equivalent labour pool as competitor locations in Manchester and Birmingham, but at a lower cost. In terms of engineering skills, Staffordshire University has one of the largest faculties in the UK with 3,600 students and specialist courses relevant to the needs of advanced manufacturing.
The supply-chain opportunities, skills base, connections and cost advantages of setting up a factory in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are clear. Industrial rents are between a quarter and a third less than in Birmingham and Manchester and wage costs are less than competitor locations.
We understand the importance of research and development and with our partners in universities and business, we are working to make Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire a world centre for advanced materials. Whether it’s the latest innovations at any of our 300 ceramics companies or new materials being used for low carbon vehicles, this is a location that supports the future of advanced manufacturing.
Sheffield is at the heart of UK manufacturing and is home to many of the world’s most innovative engineering companies. With both universities strong in engineering and materials, an Advanced Manufacturing Park, an Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and an unrivalled heritage in the steel industry, it is little wonder that Sheffield remains at the forefront of advanced manufacturing.
The city employs over 94,000 people across a diverse range of manufacturing capabilities in sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Power, Oil & Gas, Rail and Medical technologies. This unique and competitive supply chain is what has drawn companies such as Boeing, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and Siemens into the area.
The ability to gain a technical advantage and remain at the forefront of their industries is also a major asset for companies in Sheffield. The city is home to world leading research centres such as:
– The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing
– The AMRC Composite Centre
– The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
– The Welding Institute
– Castings Technology International
– The National Metals Technology Centre
Sheffield’s two universities and the University Technical College continue to build on the city’s engineering and manufacturing heritage by producing talented graduates and apprentices.
Companies based here also have the competitive advantage of being able to get their products to market quickly and easily due to the excellent logistics hub in the city region.