North East England Works for Automotive and Advanced Manufacturing
A highly skilled workforce renowned for its exceptional productivity and loyalty, our unmatched operating costs and superb access to UK and overseas markets, make North East England the location of choice for businesses to operate and grow.
North East England is one of the UK’s principal locations for advanced manufacturing, with the region having a strong presence in sectors such as automotive manufacturing, rail, aerospace, electronics and pharmaceuticals.
The diversity of businesses settling and investing in our region, demands a variety of locations and skill-sets, all of which we succeed in providing. From food and drink, to chemicals production, to space – North East England is home to some of the UK’s highest grossing industries; and our growing exports from these markets continually promotes our region.
The advanced manufacturing sector in North East England is strong and growing. Global giants such as Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar, Nestle, GSK and Siemens have all invested in the region and expanded their operations using our local skilled workforce.
In the second half of 2015 alone, Nissan, Hitachi and Reece group announced cumulative investment of over £200m in their North East England facilities, which enhances the region’s reputation as a hub for advanced manufacturing.
With more than 63,500 specialist workers in the advanced manufacturing sector, a 126,000 strong workforce in wider manufacturing, and an average of 51,000 STEM students coming through our universities every year, we have one of the most solid, reliable and sustainable workforces in the UK. In fact, we’re in the top five UK regions for advanced manufacturing worker numbers.
North East England’s advanced manufacturing exports have steadily climbed, reaching a value of £9.7 billion in 2016. Our most globally influential sector for export is automotive, with other sectors including food and drink, aerospace and pharmaceutical.
The reason behind the growth in advanced manufacturing exports is the aligned growth in businesses now taking advantage of our region’s geographical location, superb business hubs and expert workforce.
In fact, our region continually has a consistent positive balance of trade.