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We are an engineering and manufacturing powerhouse, home to global names such as Croda, Willerby Caravans, Siemens Gamesa, Reckitt, Ideal Heating, Daifuku Logan to name a few. 15% of the population is employed in this sector which is almost twice the national average.

Our strengths are in engineering, renewable energy and environmental technologies, the manufacture of caravans and modular buildings, healthcare products and printing and packaging. As a manufacturing city, we have a strong existing skills base and recent investments in R&D centres are creating real opportunities for the future.

Our university has a number of research institutes and works with companies to develop IP rich products and processes in addition to providing specialist education and talent in line with industry needs.