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.
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.