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Advanced Manufacturing

Home to global brands, engineering champions & leaders in innovation, manufacturing is advancing & evolving in Northumberland

Northumberland is a global leader in Advance Manufacturing that is steeped in industrial heritage.

Akzo Nobel


From Ashington, once being the largest pit villages in the world, to excellence in shipbuilding at Blyth, Northumberland has always played a vital role in shaping the industrial landscape.

Capabilities range from advanced composite materials to pipeline technology, as well as unique niche products. With many UK and international companies having chosen Northumberland as their base to grow and thrive, it has become a powerhouse in advance Manufacturing. The sector has undergone significant changes over the last 30 years with technological advances, globalisation, the growth of emerging markets and the drive to Net Zero which has led to Northumberland being home to some of the most technologically advanced manufacturing and engineering companies in the world.


The advanced manufacturing cluster in Northumberland is recognised as one of the leading regions in the UK and is home to over 4,250 companies including Essity, Tharsus and Metrology Software Products. These world-class, home grown and international leading companies have contributed £7.5 billion manufacturing GVA into the UK productivity and have created £10 billion exports. 

Northumberland is proud to have some of the worlds most advanced manufacturers. Ashington is home to Akzo Nobel's facility that is one of the world's most sustainable paint plants and it produces 1.5m litres of paint a week. In Hexham Egger (UK) Ltd's site manufacturers over 630,000 sqm of chipboard each year and Tharsus developed pick and place robots in their site in Blyth.


The skilled local labour force although strong is being enhanced by the ongoing work Northumberland is doing across STEM subjects. Along with the Welding and Fabrication Technical Training Centre and the STEM centre at Northumberland College, which is moving to a new state-of-the art Gen Zero building, there will be an Energy Central Learning Hub and Institution that will create thousands of opportunities for your people and adults interested in working in clean energy sector.


Over 7%

Of students study engineering and technology subjects – the 3rd highest proportion in all UK regions


Cheaper labour costs for an engineer than Antwerp, Ghent, Berlin and Frankfurt.

Over 4%

Total workforce employed in advanced manufacturing sectors (3rd highest proportion of all UK regions)


That's how many lorry trailers Egger can fill with wood-based products that are produced annually at their sites in Hexham Northumberland and Auchinleck, Scotland.


Lower industrial costs than in London


The Northumberland Skills Welding and Fabrication Technical Training Centre

“Clifton Engineering is an advanced technology manufacturing business based in Northumberland for over 30 years, and as such, we recognize the benefits of being located in an area which actively supports the development of innovative businesses, and enhances our on-going development and growth, as well as being a great place to live, and work . Our ethos is to recruit and train young, local”

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Andrew Pearson
Managing Director, Clifton Engineering

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