Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

A thriving industry cluster with a vision for growth

Located within the West Midlands, the Black Country lies at the heart of the UK’s Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (AME) cluster. The area is home to a world-class manufacturing and engineering base with an unprecedented history of driving innovation forward. AME companies in the Black Country benefit from an ecosystem of support with 6 centres of excellence located here.

The Black Country has significantly higher proportion of GVA and jobs in this sector compared to the UK average and the cluster is growing. The Black Country’s AME sector contributes £3bn to the UK economy and is forecast to grow by £2.5bn by 2030. The Black Country is home to major companies including Jaguar Land Rover, UTC Aerospace, ZF Lemforder UK, Hadley Industries , Assa Abloy, Sandvik and Chamberlin.

The Black Country has ambitious plans to develop the advancement of world-class design, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in the Black Country through HVM City. HVM City will create the perfect economic conditions for high value manufacturers to thrive; through investment in world leading people, businesses and places.

As a result this sector continues to go from strength to strength and is creating major demand for high quality industrial development, presenting significant investment opportunities.

Sector Opportunities 

The AME sector will see a number of opportunities in the future including:

  • Major industrial revolution as AME cluster embraces Industry 4.0
  • Infrastructure investments – including rail, energy and construction
  • Increased demand for lightweighting
  • Continued regional growth of the West Midlands AME sector

Made in the Black Country, Sold around the World

Jaguar Land Rover manufacture 400,000 engines annually from their flagship Engine Manufacturing Centre with one rolling off their production line every 30 seconds.

Assa Abloy, the world’s largest lock manufacturer by sales volume, has its UK headquarters in the Black Country.

ZF Lemforder’s Black Country facility supplies suspension control arms to Jaguar, Aston Martin and Toyota.

2 Sisters Food Group supplies chicken products to major supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Aldi, as well as the specialist Oakham range for Marks and Spencer.

Launer London Black Country facility is famous for making handbags for The Queen.

Pargat make all cookware for every major UK supermarket.

Precision Chains manufacture the chains used on the London Underground’s escalators.

Hadley Industries make Ultra Steel.

RMD Kwikform helped install the roof of the Aquatics Centre for London 2012 Olympics.

Zaun Fencing designed, manufactured and supplied the security fencing that surrounded the 2012 Olympic Park site.

£3bn

contribution to the UK economy

£1bn

catalyst for economic growth

3,985

businesses

67,000

jobs

6

centres of excellence

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Construction Technologies

Building the future of Construction Technologies

The Black Country is at the heart of Construction Technologies in the UK. The sector is buoyant benefiting from a strong cross sector correlation with Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering with a high number of organisations involved with the manufacture of products for the construction sector. Construction Technologies companies in the Black Country benefit from an ecosystem of support with 2 centres of excellence located here.

The Black Country’s Construction Technologies sector contributes £1.1bn to the UK economy and is forecast to grow by a further £1bn by 2030. The Black Country is home to major international companies such as Carillion, Homeserve, Barhale and Fortel Construction.

The Black Country has ambitious plans to develop the advancement of world-class design, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in the Black Country through HVM City. HVM City will create the perfect economic conditions for high value manufacturers to thrive; through investment in world leading people, businesses and places.

As a result this sector continues to go from strength to strength and is creating major demand for high quality industrial development, presenting significant investment opportunities.

Sector Opportunities 

The Construction Technologies  sector will see a number of opportunities in the future including:

  • A growing population with demands for housing and infrastructure
  • Major infrastructure projects planned such as HS2
  • Developments in Smart Specialisation
  • Growth of BIM (Building Information Modelling)
  • HVM City
  • Industry challenges to reduce climate change

Made in the Black Country, Sold around the World

Homeserve provide home emergency and repair services to over 7 million homes worldwide.

Carillion have been involved in major construction projects including Tate Modern, Library of Birmingham, High Speed 1 and the Copenhagen Metro.

Barhale played a role in the redevelopment Smithfield meat market in London.

Fortel have worked on major motorway projects including the central reservation works at Junction 4 of the M5, and the crossover work at Junction 23A, M1.

Shaylor Group undertook several projects tied to the Birmingham Gateway development at Birmingham’s New Street Station.

BriggsAmasco has installed a high performance green roof system at the British Museum’s £135 million World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC).

RMD Kwikform helped install the roof of the Aquatics Centre for London 2012 Olympics.

£1.1 bn

contribution to the UK economy

£1bn

catalyst for economic growth

4,400

businesses

34,000

jobs

2

centres of excellence

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Food & Drink

A dynamic marketplace

The Food & Drink sector is the largest manufacturing  sub sector in the UK with a turnover of £95.4bn and employs over 400,000 jobs.

The Black Country’s Food & Drink sector contributes £0.6bn to the UK economy and is forecast to grow by £1.2bn by 2030. The Black Country is home to major companies including 2 Sisters Food Group, East End Foods, Marston’s and Eurofins. The area is seeing positive growth in a range of sub sectors including:

  •  Meat processing production
  •  Food and beverage services
  •  Beer manufacturers
  •  Bread, fresh pastry and cakes production
  •  Condiments and seasoning  production
  •  Wholesale market

The Black Country has ambitious plans to develop the advancement of world-class design, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in the Black Country through HVM City. HVM City will create the perfect economic conditions for high value manufacturers to thrive; through investment in world leading people, businesses and places. As a result this sector continues to go from strength to strength and is creating major demand for high quality industrial development, presenting significant investment opportunities.

Sector Opportunities 

The Food and Drink sector will see a number of opportunities in the future including:

  • Growth in consumer demand for healthy and premium superfoods
  • Industry perception that the growth of the UK sector is set to continue.
  • Increased automation set to fast track sector growth
  • Packaged food and drink in Europe projected to grow by 3% by 2020

Made in the Black Country Sold around the World

2 Sisters Food Group’s supplies chicken products to major supermarkets, with just one of their Black Country sites processing up to 680,000 retail packs per week.

Marston’s a leading brewer of premium cask and bottled beers, operate over 1,700 pubs and 5 breweries in the UK.

Warburtons is the largest bakery brand in the UK and has a range of over 70 products.

KTC supplies over 250 million litres a year of high quality cooking oils to all sectors of the food industry.

Drywite’s fish frying products, are used by fish and chip shops throughout the world.

Perfection Foods Ltd is an award winning bakery, and the UK’s leading cake manufacturers with over 40 different ranges of handmade, high quality cakes supplied to wholesalers and retailers in the UK and abroad.

East End Foods are leading suppliers of Asian food across the Europe, with over 80% of independent Asian stores throughout the UK stocking their range of rice, spices and sauces.

Scheff Foods Ltd - manufacturer frozen ready meals and pastry buffet products supplying to the foodservice industry.

Cox and Plant Products Ltd- producer of conveyor systems and equipment for leading food companies across Europe.

£600m

contribution to the UK economy

2,670

businesses

29,000

jobs

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Business Professional & Financial Services

Enabling businesses to succeed and grow

The Black Country has a major strengths in Business Professional and Financial Services (BPFS).  The sector is growing benefiting from a growth from the area’s major sectors.

The Black Country’s BPFS sector contributes a massive £4.7bn to the UK economy and is forecast to grow by a further £6bn by 2030. The Black Country is home to major international companies such as RAC Group, Charter Court Financial Services, Jonathan Lee RecruitmentAndrew Sykes Group and A & J Mucklow Group.

The Black Country has ambitious plans to develop the advancement of world-class design, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in the Black Country through HVM City. HVM City will create the perfect economic conditions for high value manufacturers to thrive; through investment in world leading people, businesses and places.

As a result this sector continues to go from strength to strength and is creating major demand for high quality office development, presenting significant investment opportunities.

Sector Opportunities 

The BPFS  sector will see a number of opportunities in the future including:

  • Continued growth in the emerging fintech sub sector
  • Growth in demand as more firms outsource professional activity
  • Increased digitalisation will see major opportunities for IT services
  • HVM City

Made in the Black Country, Sold around the World

Charter Court Financial Services now one of the UK’s leading challenger banks with over 40,000 savings accounts and balances in excess of £2 billion since its launch in 2015.

Express & Star is the largest selling regional newspaper in the UK.

RAC Group attend over 2.3 million rescue breakdowns.

Andrew Sykes Group’s air conditioning division linked up with the GB rowing team for their trip to Rio 2016 Olympics, providing the team with around 20 Polar Wind Plus portable units.

A & J Mucklow Group is the largest quoted investment property company in the Midlands.

ADAS is the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice.

£4.7bn

contribution to the UK economy

£1bn

catalyst for economic growth

7,745

businesses

73,000

jobs

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