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.