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Inward Investment In County Durham

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Advanced Manufacturing Sector Factsheet

County Durham has an established manufacturing base of suppliers serving local primes such as Nissan, Caterpillar, Komatsu and Smiths Electric Vehicles as well as supplying the other automotive OEMs around the UK. Such companies are Gestamp Tallent (chassis systems) and TRW (electronic safety systems).

Investment from Hitachi Rail Europe in Newton Aycliffe opens up many opportunities in the rail sector through the research, design and development of the supply chain.

The location of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the cluster of companies developing at NETPark (Sedgefield) present excellent opportunities and increased demand in advanced manufacturing, with particular strengths in nanotechnology, additive & micro manufacturing. This offer is enhanced through the globally significant research undertaken at the onsite Durham University Institutes.

More than 30 companies specialising in this sector are based in County Durham and employ over 10,000 people - largely in the automotive manufacturing and R&D fields.

These include significant inward investors such as Caterpillar, Gestamp, 3M and NSK Bearings Ltd.

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  • Peter Rippingale

    Peter Rippingale

    Inward Investment Manager
    Call 03000 265509

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Inward Investment News

Hitachi Rail skills on track thanks to Aycliffe training provider

Hitachi Rail Europe says it hasn’t struggled to recruit skilled people at its new Show Details
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Inward Investment Case Studies


Fast-growing customer contact firm ResQ will create 1,200 jobs in one of County Durham’s Show Details
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Useful Events

Durham 2sday

A relaxed and informal breakfast networking event in the heart of the city of Show Details
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Commercial Property In County Durham

See map below for Business Durham’s commercial properties.