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Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

  • A strong heritage in engineering and manufacturing

    South Tyneside is an ideal location for manufacturing and engineering businesses to set up and grow. With a large established workforce in the sector, a skilled pool of graduates, and a range of affordable premises options including the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park.

    The manufacturing sector in North East England continues to be strong and buoyant, with businesses here producing one of the highest ever output balances in 2017. We have seen a 3.1% growth in the number of manufacturing companies from 2016-2017 supported by healthy demand and order books.

    Being located here, manufacturing and engineering companies can service UK customers or be reached by suppliers via the comprehensive road network we link to. The North East exports 4.7% of UK manufacturing exports, much of which enters Europe via the Port of Tyne which provides a deep sea port with quay edge access and award winning services.

  • Bespoke advanced manufacturing units

    Land and premises options in South Tyneside include bespoke off-spec factories, or readily available units in established locations.

    The International Advanced Manufacturing Park offers bespoke advanced manufacturing units in a prime North East location on the A19 economic corridor.

    Our flagship development, in partnership with neighbouring Sunderland City Council, will deliver over 390,000m2 of industrial space over the next 15 years. The IAMP is a designated Enterprise Zone offering enhanced capital allowances for investment in plant and machinery.

    International Advanced Manufacturing Park

    Tyne Dock Enterprise Zone offers a 7.1ha site for development, with direct access to multiple riverside berths as well as container, RoRo and bulk cargo facilities. Located within the Port of Tyne in South Shields, the site offers a superb development opportunity to support and enhance the region's strong engineering and manufacturing sectors.

    Tyne Dock Enterprise Zone


  • Our workforce

    North East England has a strong labour pool in manufacturing and engineering, with 126,000 and 63,500 employed respectively. EEF have reported an increase of 7% in manufacturing employment since 2010 in the region making the area the second highest for employment across the UK.

    We have a cluster of almost 1,500 advanced manufacturing businesses employing 62,500 workers here too. However with 51,000 graduates each year studying STEM subjects in our five regional universities, there is no shortage of talent for the future workforce.

    HE and FE graduates linked to advanced manufacturing and engineering in the local area is growing by 33%, year-on-year. Wider ‘back-office’ skills are abundant in the area, with training in courses like IT, business administration, human resources finance and customer service.

  • Global success stories

    Steeped in a strong history of manufacturing, businesses have invested in South Tyneside over many decades.


    Clothing manufacturer Barbour began trading in the Market Place in South Shields in 1894; they continue to employ a skilled workforce manufacturing at their HQ here.

    Ford Engineering Group

    Ford Engineering Group are specialists in their field of precision engineering; they have served global aerospace, automotive and marine markets to name a few for over 100 years, from South Tyneside.

    Port of Tyne

    One of the most efficient deep sea ports in the UK, Port of Tyne is located in South Tyneside, providing easy access to the North Sea and beyond. With a full supply chain service including cargo, storage, warehousing, logistics and distribution, its prime location on the North East coast provides great connectivity across road, rail and sea.

Support for your business

In South Tyneside, your business can benefit from practical support from our dedicated team. 

Get in touch for a chat about how we can support your business, whether you are thinking about relocating, looking to expand your business, or if you are just starting out. 

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