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Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing

The Thames Valley is key to the UK’s Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sector

The Motorsport sector in the Thames Valley is home to the Silverstone F1 circuit, with many F1 teams and countless businesses in the F1 supply chain.

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The broader Automotive sector is equally strong, represented by long-standing businesses such as BMW Mini alongside newer businesses such as Oxbotica, experts in autonomous driving.

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Space and Harwell go hand in hand – their Thames Valley location is home to the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency.

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The Thames Valley is key to the UK’s Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sector, with proven areas of expertise across a range of disciplines, including AutomotiveMotorsport and Space.

  • Engineering sector contributed an estimated £455.6bn (27%) of the UK’s £1,683bn GDP


  • Turnover in engineering enterprises has grown to £1.21tn – a quarter of the turnover in all UK enterprises


  • Over 600,000 engineering companies in the UK


  • UK is known as the ‘research nation’, feeding talent in to the sector, with four of the top 10 universities in the world, and 29 in the top 200


  • STEM education, skills and careers advice has top level cross-party political support

For more UK-wide data on Advanced Manufacturing, click here.

Within the broader aerospace sector, UTC Aerospace Systems’ advanced composites manufacturer, CTG has completed the construction and fit out of a state-of-the-art Composite Centre of Excellence facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire.