250 years ago Manchester was the centre of the UK’s industrial revolution and is now the heart of UK manufacturing. It was the world’s first industrial city, boasting the first industrial estates and factories. It’s where Ford chose to build their first cars outside of North America in the early decades of the 20th century. Manchester and England’s North West are still at the heart of UK manufacturing and advanced engineering.
Perfectly placed to support innovation and commercialisation with its excellent infrastructure is Manchester. There are four universities in the North West that publish excellent, forward-thinking research into many areas of modern manufacturing. This is including advanced materials, 3D printing, electronics, corrosion, surfaces and coatings, data analytics and demanding environments. The region’s universities also work with industry to help them take advantage of innovative markets and technologies. Including aerospace, automotive, nuclear technology and technical textiles.
Manchester can also offer prospects for horizontal and vertical integration for manufacturing industries. With supply chain opportunities including R&D, consultancy, assembly and distribution. It’s no wonder so many large international organisations such as Siemens, BAE Systems, Unilever and Hitachi have a presence in the region.
Benefiting from the UK’s largest regional airport with connections to over 200 global destinations, excellent motorway infrastructure and the forthcoming HS2 railway line, organisations in Manchester are well-placed to serve the international markets. These good transport links also ensure Manchester is a top destination for people wanting to work in one of the most innovative cities in the UK.
Manchester’s industries can further benefit from the excellent talent pool in the city. There are currently over 114,000 people working in manufacturing and advanced engineering industries. A further 14,000 are studying STEM subjects in one of the region’s universities. Having access to these increased numbers of world-class talent is a great advantage to any organisation working in the STEM industries.