Facts & Figures
Manufacturing & Engineering East Sussex
At the forefront of high-end technology grow your business in this growing and thriving sector
The UK is currently the 9th largest manufacturing nation in the world, and despite uncertainty around the UK leaving the European Union, engineering and manufacturing in the UK is strong.
The manufacturing industry makes up 10.2 percent of the economy by GVA (gross value added) and employs 2.6 million people. In East Sussex manufacturing is well represented with Hastings, a manufacturing hotspot with 14.5% of GVA in the borough. East Sussex has a higher percentage of commercial space dedicated to industrial use when compared to the national average.
The sector is also diverse, comprising a wide variety of industries and technologies from established sectors such as vacuum/photonics, food and drink, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, electronics and automotive to new industries developing around emerging technologies – low carbon, industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, digital and advanced materials including composites.
With the globalisation of the manufacturing value chain, manufacturers are able to execute different activities in different global geographies. Competition in domestic and international markets for manufactured goods has intensified.
UK manufacturers now face competition from countries in the west as well as emerging economies, such as Brazil, Russia, India and China. Given the manufacturing landscape, both domestic and global, how will UK SMEs in the sector take advantage of opportunities for growth, as well as manage the bumps in the road that may lie ahead?
A critical factor will be to access the right support and finance. In fact, the health of the UK economy depends on SMEs as the engine of continued growth.
East Sussex has over 1200 companies in the manufacturing and engineering sectors and employs over 18,000 people making up 9.9% of the counties total workforce.
Manufacturing in East Sussex
East Sussex has over 1200 companies in the manufacturing and engineering sectors and employs over 18,000 people making up 9.9% of the counties total workforce.*
It also has a higher percentage of commercial space dedicated to industrial use when compared to the national average and is a great place to locate your engineering business.
This document explores the successes and opportunities within the Manufacturing and Engineering sector in East Sussex.
Sustainable Craft and Construction
East Sussex with its historic clay reserves and the county’s natural timber capital makes it an attractive prospect for the UK’s low carbon and environmental goods and services sector – businesses working to decarbonise the energy sector, improve resource efficiency, and preserve and enhance the natural environment.
With growing consumer demand for eco-friendly solutions, East Sussex is fast becoming the location of choice for environmentally minded
enterprises, adding a new chapter to its history of natural construction and craft.
Leader in gas-analysis & recognised worldwide for their enhanced instrumentation & controls.
Specialists in design & manufacture of precision optical components & assemblies for medical, aerospace & defence.
Expanding, family run, 100% raw & natural dog food manufacturer.
Kurt J Lesker Company
Leading global provider of high-quality vacuum equipment, developing a vast array of products including optics, UHV, electronics & coatings.
Manufacturers of specialist equipment in aerospace, industrial & utilities. Worked with: British Airways, Rolls Royce, MoD.
World leader in heat transfer, separation & fluid handling technology at its 5,000 sq m plant.
Only supplier to export directly to China, luxury electrical wiring accessories maker that makes everything bespoke.
Leading in pH neutral car wash products, a fast-growing manufacturer shipping worldwide.
Crafted In Lewes
Designs & manufactures bespoke residential furniture & architectural joinery for the high-end market worldwide.
Leading manufacturer of cable solutions for industrial, healthcare & domestic markets in the UK, 100% eco-friendly processes.
Developer & creator of premium scientific equipment, enhancing neuroscience research & investigation.
Highlighted success story
Handmade tile manufacturer, Aldershaw Handmade Tiles Ltd, based in Sedlescombe, East Sussex explains how Emily Wright from Locate East Sussex supported them to access vital grant funding, for new and replacement machinery, assisting them in their future growth plans.
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