The Hull and Humber region is blessed with an abundance of advanced engineering companies employing cutting-edge techniques – meaning the area benefits from a wealth of skills in the sector.
Manufacturing, along with the health sector, is the biggest employer in the city with about 18,000 jobs (15 per cent). More than 54,000 people work in the wider engineering and manufacturing sectors in Hull, with a GVA totalling £3.7 billion, while 25,000 people are employed in advanced engineering in Hull, according to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.
Engineering an upturn
Hull’s proud caravan-manufacturing traditions remain alive and well – and a surge in UK staycations has even provided a boost for the industry.
Hull’s Willerby Limited is one of the UK’s largest manufacturer of holiday homes and lodges, with a £147 million turnover and more than 1,100 employees, while East Yorkshire’s Swift Group is among the UK’s largest manufacturer of touring caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes, with a turnover of £250 million and more than 1,200 employees.
Manufacturing firm Croda has made a £27 million capital investment into the production of a new polymer, while Tricoya Technologies’ £50 million wood chip production facility represents a significant investment for Saltend Chemicals Park.