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Pioneering innovation, unlocking productivity

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The Midlands is the home of UK manufacturing. The world’s original industrial powerhouse, we continue to lead the world in manufacturing ingenuity and invention.

Ours is a region that boasts nationally and internationally significant strengths in health and life sciences, aerospace, agri-tech, automotive and transport, ceramics, heating and energy generation, and much more; powering people and unlocking productivity for growth and prosperity.

Midlands manufacturers generate £36 billion GVA for the UK economy each year, with huge potential for more. With a unique concentration of R&D energy infrastructure and wide-ranging manufacturing capabilities, the Midlands is ideally placed to become a national and global centre for net zero technology. Innovation strengths include advanced materials and manufacturing, electronics, photonics, energy and environment technologies.

As new challenges arise such as changing import and export patterns and the growth of digital technologies, our manufacturing sector is innovating and adapting – we are seizing exceptional opportunities for growth. Recently, the Midlands Engine Observatory has conducted research, in consultation with partners, to better understand the strengths and challenges within the manufacturing sector. The first part of this research covers the range of products already made in our region, and the second explores the potential opportunities for manufacturing.

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The Midlands is the home of UK manufacturing



Of all UK manufacturing



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GVA per year from Midlands manufacturers

Manufacturing reports
Sir John Peace

“The Midlands accounts for 22% of all England’s exports and generates £239 billion for the UK economy. The majority of that comes from the manufacturing sector. Our region was the original global manufacturing pioneer and we continue to lead the world through our innovative responses in the fields of advanced manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, MedTech, food and drink, and much more.

Through consistent, scaled up public and private sector investment in our region’s immense manufacturing power and potential, from our SMEs to Midlands based major global players, we will continue to bring, and grow true wealth into our region and our country.”

Sir John Peace, Chairman, Midlands Engine


Latest news



Jan 24 2023

Midlands manufacturing strengths make region key to increasing UK’s productivity

A new study from the Centre for Social Justice – Making the change: A plan to reboot British manufacturing and restore growth – says a revival of the manufacturing industry in the UK is essential if the government is to achieve its flagship ambition of ‘levelling up’ the poorest parts of the country. As the UK’s manufacturing heartland, this could put the Midlands at the forefront of the nation’s economic recovery.   

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Dec 1 2022

Aerospace, motorsport, health and rail sector organisations come together to show SMEs the power of diversification

Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) in partnership with Medilink Midlands, Rail Forum and the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) hosted a free open house event to showcase the wealth of cross-sector collaboration opportunities in aerospace, health & life sciences, motorsport, rail, nuclear and beyond.

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Nov 17 2022

Food and drink sector strengths place Midlands at the forefront of responding to key drivers for growth in the industry

A recent Midlands Engine report pulls together headline stats, employment figures and upcoming opportunities in one of the region’s major industries.

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