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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.
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.
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.
Crewe’s heritage in rail offers both the right location, sites and expertise for the rail sector, underpinned by the planned Crewe Hub Station as part of HS2. This, combined with progress within the Crewe Masterplan, offers unrivalled opportunities for the rail and transportation sector. Major employers in the sector and supply chain already benefitting from this location include Bombardier, OSL TBM Rail and Unipart Rail.
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Page last reviewed: 27 October 2023
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