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Advanced manufacturing

Gateshead has a strong heritage and reputation for industrial innovation. From the invention of Sir Joseph Swan's light bulb to the UK's first trading estate, Team Valley. The industrial estate remains one of the largest in the country and the North East's leading commercial location.

Providing a range of industrial premises, the area is home to over 700 companies, employing over 20,000 people in the manufacturing and precision engineering sectors. We also have a number of strong industrial clusters, which are well placed to grow in the future. These include:

  • Chemicals
  • Electronics
  • Precision engineering

Underpinning Gateshead's booming manufacturing industry is our highly-skilled and motivated workforce. The North East also has four world-class universities, with over 80,000 students. It provides unrivalled access to academic research and innovation while specialist skills' academies support industries such as automotive, engineering, manufacturing, logistics and construction.

"Having grown up in the North East of England, I am very aware of the strengths of the chemical sector in the region. AkzoNobel's significant investment in establishing a new technical innovation hub is further proof that Britain is open for business and underlines the growth we want to see and support in our local economies"
Greg Clark, Business Secretary


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Fastest growth across the North East
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Highest proportion of manufacturing jobs in the UK
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UK’s first education centre for clean technologies sector
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50,000 university students studying STEM subjects