New materials in Greater Manchester
- Home to more than 300 automotive supply chain firms.
- Centre of Europe’s largest aerospace cluster.
- Discovery place of graphene and home to the National Graphene Institute. The institute partners with more than 60 companies to develop and market graphene technology.
- Central UK location with access to home and continental markets by road, rail and air.
- Access to state-of-the-art High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres.
- 200 million GBP in funding to help businesses turn ideas into commercial ventures.
Talent, skills and research
- 14,000 students studying advanced materials disciplines.
- Over 100,000 people working in high productivity manufacturing.
- Close to internationally recognised research centres including the Aerospace Research Institute, the Materials and Physics Research Centre and the National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility.
This opportunity is:
Costs of labour, industrial property and utilities are highly competitive in the UK.
Supported by government
The UK’s visa system is investor friendly and the Department for International trade offers advice on skills, finance and more.
Business networks and access to funding and academic institutions can help you get established and growing.
The German global technology conglomerate Freudenberg is a leading player in the global innovative textiles industry.
The company took advantage of Greater Manchester’s unique ecosystem and set up manufacturing and operations in Rochdale.
Luxfer MEL Technologies
Luxfer MEL Technologies specialises in the design and manufacture of high-performance magnesium alloys for the automotive and aerospace industries.
It has worked with the University of Manchester to develop low-flammable applications for magnesium, revolutionising materials used to meet weight reduction targets.
Precision Technologies Group
Chinese-owned Precision Technologies Group manufactures precision helical components for demanding environments.
It partnered with Huddersfield University and the University of Manchester to open a 20 million GBP European innovation centre in Rochdale in 2010.