Advanced Manufacturing

North Tyneside has a proud history in engineering that continues into the 21st century, with the area remaining the engine room of the regional economy. Today the borough offers a wide range of engineering expertise from conventional capabilities to new cutting-edge fields of manufacturing and is underpinned by a rich pool of North East talent, as part of a region that is known as a UK powerhouse when it comes to productivity.
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The area is recognised as the leading UK region for advanced manufacturing FDI in per capita terms, with over 63,000 people employed, £7.5bn GVA turnover and growing exports. An increasing number of world-class marine and marine-related technology companies are being attracted to the region due to its skills base, access to Europe and highly-developed infrastructure.

The River Tyne remains a focal point for engineering excellence and is one of the strongest providers of offshore related technology in the world including sub-sea and deep-water technologies. GE Oil and Gas, Smulders, SMD, Technip Umbilicals and A&P Tyne are just some of the world-class companies based here.

The automotive sector is one of the most successful sectors in the region with Nissan, Gestamp, TRW and many other supply chain companies employing around 20,000 region-wide.

The area’s universities are working hard to ensure the area retains these skills. Newcastle University’s School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering has one of the best research departments in the country. Sunderland University is also home to the respected Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice.

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