The region boasts a number of manufacturing success stories, from the big companies such as Rolls-Royce, Bombardier, Mercedes and Toyota, to thriving mid-market enterprises including Cosworth, Mahle and many successful small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) which make up most of the 13,000 manufacturing businesses in the region. The East Midlands has a great reputation for innovation in the sector and many of the companies and brands are world renowned for their work.

EMEO is firmly committed to manufacturing both regionally and nationally. Not only does the agency manage the support for regional manufacturers, it also takes a lead role in manufacturing on behalf of all of the English Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and works closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and other RDAs to develop the national manufacturing strategy.

Recent manufacturing investments
  • Together with Advantage West Midlands and industry partners, EMEO is developing a new £30 million Manufacturing Technology Centre. The Centre will focus on the development and application of high integrity joining and fabrication, expertise in tooling, automation and operational performance, with industrial scale pre-production and demonstration facilities.
  • Mercedes Benz High Performance Engines is investing £48 million into a new factory at their Northampton base. The site supplies engines to three Formula One teams and employs 450 highly skilled engineers.
Advanced engineering businesses in the region also benefit from the support of our Innovation Network (iNets) and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS). iNets are targeted innovation support networks that help to build relationships between business and universities and drive up the level of innovation.

MAS helps UK manufacturers to acquire, share and use knowledge to improve productivity and achieve success in an increasingly competitive global economy. MAS East Midlands is funded by the East Midlands Economics Online and the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Key sectors > New technologies > Advanced engineering > Industry