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Advanced Manufacturing

Newcastle has a long history of excellence in advanced manufacturing, with unique strengths in pharmaceutical production and offshore engineering.

Newcastle has a strong manufacturing heritage from the days of the industrial revolution when the city introduced inventions like hydroelectricity and steam turbines, leaving a lasting impact on the global landscape.

Newcastle continues to lead the way in advanced manufacturing and engineering, with established clusters around life sciences, offshore wind, subsea and automotive. 

Across North East England, advanced manufacturing contributes £8.4bn to the regional economy, employing 67,000 people in almost 4,000 businesses.

Newcastle offers convenient access to three deep sea ports and along the River Tyne, there is abundant development land for manufacturing and industrial use. Companies located on the Tyne include global offshore leaders such as Technip FMC, Bridon Bakeart and Baker Hughes, which each design and manufacture cutting edge products and solutions. 

Newcastle is also home to Accord Healthcare, which has a large pharmaceutical production facility in the city, and a number of other life sciences companies who are manufacturing drugs, devices and systems for international markets. 

The skills pipeline in Newcastle is regenerated by two city centre universities, which between them enrol 60,000 students each year. There are also 67,000 students studying a STEM subject across North East England – the highest proportion in the country.

The North East is also celebrated for its automotive manufacturing capabilities, with Nissan’s Sunderland plant accounting for 30% of all UK car production. 

Newcastle is playing a key role in the drive towards Industry 4.0, leveraging a dynamic ecosystem of startups dedicated to the development of cutting-edge automation and robotics technologies.

£8.4bn advanced manufacturing industry.

67,000 STEM and computing students within an hours’ drive of the city.

Close to the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing.

Newcastle University is home to the Institute of Electrification and Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing.

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