Bentley factory welding

Advanced Manufacturing

Cheshire East has an impressive advanced manufacturing base with particular strengths in rail and automotive. Key companies include Bentley Motors, Bombardier, OSL Rail, Siemens and Waters Corporation.

Global brands

Cheshire East has a track record in attracting global brands. This region is home to a number of significant global advanced manufacturing companies which include Siemens, Bentley Motors, Bombardier and Waters Corporation. Additional strengths lie in advanced manufacturing in the field of instrumentation and metrology. This sector is represented by a number of foreign-owned companies including Waters Corporation, Isoprime, Uniscan and MKS Instruments.

The area also benefits from proximity a number of world class research facilities that assist companies to innovate. The Virtual Engineering Centre at STFC Daresbury provides expertise in ‘virtual prototypes’ and has worked with companies such as Bentley Motors to support and improve their physical design, manufacturing, assembly and testing processes.

Ideal location for recruiting talent

The areas offers a depth of engineering talent. With more than 11% of employees working in manufacturing compared to the national average of 8.5%, Cheshire East is an ideal location for recruiting talent that is in short supply in the rest of the country. With a diverse advanced manufacturing workforce,  almost 2% of the workforce are employed in scientific R&D and over 3,000 work in engineering activities and technical testing. This ensures that a wide range of advanced manufacturing operations can be based here, including R&D, testing, design and manufacturing.

Siemens workforce

A heritage in rail

Crewe’s heritage in rail offers both the right location, sites and expertise for the rail sector. Crewe offers unrivalled opportunities and connectivity for the rail and transportation sector. Crewe can reach London in less than two hours by train, as well as providing quick connections to Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, and Edinburgh as well. Major employers in the sector and supply chain already benefitting from Crewe include OSL, Unipart Rail and Bombardier.

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Page last reviewed: 03 May 2024