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Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing

Our reputation for manufacturing goes as far back as manufacturing itself. And

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We have a long heritage and reputation for manufacturing and we're still a strong base for many traditional manufacturing companies. Team Valley Industrial Estate in Gateshead is home to De La Rue, Worthington Armstrong (UK), Rettig and Turbo Power Systems, while Union Electric Steel has a well-established base nearer the revamped Gateshead centre.

Our advanced manufacturing sector capitalises on this heritage, as the skills attached with the marine and offshore industry drives growth and areas of international excellence on the banks of the river Tyne at Neptune Park, part of Shepherd Offshore. Duco (part of the Technip Group), Wellstream and now Bridon have all invested heavily in the area, seeing the combination of skilled, experienced workforce and natural assets such as deep-water berthing as critical to the growth of the offshore oil and gas cluster. 

With the Port of Tyne just a stone’s throw away, open to 83% of the world’s cargo ships, the area’s connectivity and proximity to markets in Europe and overseas, by sea and air, puts us much closer to customers, suppliers and new opportunities that emerge.

Just down the road in Sunderland, Nissan is at the forefront of the region’s automotive sector. As the most productive car plant in Europe, its practices are leading the world. The company has played a major role in developing a culture that brings out the best in advanced manufacturing.  This experience of production engineering will be a vital component as companies develop capacity to deliver the significant volumes required for offshore projects. 

Nissan is also a world leader in the development of electric vehicle technology as part of The Electric Vehicles for Advanced Cities (EVA). This move has established the region as the largest Electric Vehicle (EV) research area, enabling us to share our expertise with other leading European countries. Companies such as Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV) - the world’s largest maker of light commercial electric trucks - have set up their European headquarters in North Tyneside. Its clients include global leaders such as Coca-Cola, Sainsburys and DHL.

The wider manufacturing and engineering sector accounts for around 15,000 jobs in Gateshead which represents approx 16% of employment and is the largest source of private sector jobs in the area.

The process and chemicals industry forms an extensive section of the manufacturing sector of NewcastleGateshead. The area’s strengths lie, in particular in the biotechnology and micro/nanotechnology industries.There is a thriving cluster of organisations specialising in these areas including, AkzoNobel, Aesica and Procter and Gamble’s Research and Development Centre.

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