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Advanced Precision Engineering

Specialist expertise in component manufacturing

Kirklees has one of the largest concentrations of component manufacturing in the UK, producing critical components for diverse markets, including automotive, aerospace, defence, MedTech, and energy sectors.

Global manufacturers, precision engineering supply chain companies, and innovators blend precision manufacturing with cutting-edge technologies like data analytics, artificial intelligence, and robotics to excel on the world stage.

Kirklees' industry concentration

  • Twice the national average of manufacturing and engineering industry. 
  • Four times the national average industry concentration for machinery and equipment manufacturing. 
  • Direct access to one of the UK’s largest manufacturing labour forces of 117,000 across West Yorkshire.
  • A strong talent pipeline, including the purpose-built Kirklees College Engineering Centre training the next generation of engineers. 

Business benefits

  • Direct and easy access to both UK and international markets. 
  • Access to skilled workers and concentrated supply chains. 
  • Thriving collaborative industry ecosystem. 
  • Competitive commercial property rental costs, up to 23% cheaper than advanced manufacturing locations elsewhere in England. 
  • Skilled local manufacturing and engineering workforce, with significant labour-saving advantages. 

Innovation Hubs

In Kirklees, established academic centres of excellence and innovation assets like the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and National Physical Laboratory directly support research and development, accelerating innovation and transforming technologies in this sector. 

Kirklees Advanced Precision Engineering Showcase

Leading companies like Cummins, David Brown Santasalo, Holtex, and Reliance Precision have chosen to invest and expand their operations in Kirklees.

Read our Advanced Precision Engineering Showcase to explore why Kirklees is the right choice for your business.

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