England’s East Midlands has a proud heritage of industrial and research strengths in design, advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies. It is something of a hotbed for advanced engineering: the region is seeing pioneering developments in the automotive, aerospace, rail, motorsport, marine and space industries; and there is considerable potential for application elsewhere, including within healthcare and bioscience, and food and drink sectors.

The region has a vast pool of skills, resources and expertise. Of the 45,000 graduates from highly respected institutions, there is a particular strength across all the engineering disciplines, generating the UK’s largest number of engineering graduates and postgraduates. The region also has the highest proportion of employees in high-tech manufacturing in the country.

Manufacturing accounts for 23.2% of the regional economy compared to 15.9% for the UK as a whole. 19% of the workforce here are employed in manufacturing, (13% UK as a whole); transport equipment, including rail, generates £1.9bn for the East Midlands economy accounting for 13% of regional manufacturing as a whole.
Key sectors > New technologies > Advanced engineering