The report cites the region’s strengths in a number of sub-sectors including aerospace, where it is home to16,000-plus employees (a 20% national share); automotive, 9,000 (a 16% national share and second in size to the West Midlands); ship-building: 6,000 (one-third of the national share); and chemical manufacture: 26,000 (25% national share).
As a whole, manufacturing in the North West has 323,000 employees and generates gross value added (GVA) per employee of approximately £51,000 a year – higher than the national average of £35,000 per employee across all sectors.
Juergen Maier, managing director for Manchester-based Siemens Industry, said: “Manufacturing in the north of England is perceived by many as a sector that long ago disappeared with the last century’s post-industrial decline. This report highlights how that perception couldn’t be further from the truth and in particular how the North West still leads the way in this highly important sector.”
Richard Jeffery, director of the Business Growth Hub which operates the MAS service in the North West, said: “The past few years have been tough for this sector, globally as well as regionally, and we need to understand and share what we have learnt from this lean period and use it to drive the industry forward ever further and to build a solid foundation for the next generation of manufacturing businesses.”
The full report, ‘Manufacturing and Nuclear in the North West’, will be available to view here: http://neweconomymanchester.com/stories/1768-other_publications
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