North West remains top manufacturing region

JLRHalewood300A report from the think-tank New Economy has confirmed that England’s North West region still retains the largest proportion of the UK’s manufacturing industry.

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:

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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