Wolverhampton: the core of engineering excellence
The City of Wolverhampton’s manufacturing heritage dates back 1,000 years - and today, advanced manufacturing is one of the biggest growth sectors in our economy, employing almost 16,000 people.
The city has one of the largest clusters of aerospace companies in the UK, including UTC Aerospace Systems and Moog . These major component suppliers to Airbus and Boeing have a combined turnover of more than £650 million, directly employing more than 2,500 local people - and more in their supply chains.
If we dominate the skies, we also rule the road. The same skill and imagination that led to the first car to break the 200 mph being built in Wolverhampton encouraged Jaguar Land Rover to site its new engine manufacturing plant at i54 a few miles north of the city centre.
In the air and on the ground, Wolverhampton’s advanced engineering sector makes a vital contribution to British - and global - success stories.
The City of Wolverhampton already has the right infrastructure for business success, thanks to its unparalleled location and its physical and digital connectivity.
However, the city will build on that over the next few years with a multi–billion pound investment in superfast broadband, commercial property, roads and transportation.
i54, the UK’s premier advanced manufacturing employment site and home to Jaguar Land Rover, Moog, Eurofins and ISP, provides unrivalled transport links with dedicated access to the M54 motorway at Junction 2. i54 Mucklow Park, located at the gateway to i54 will bring further manufacturing and engineering occupiers from sectors including automotive, aerospace, defence and pharmaceuticals with land available for immediate development.
Support for your business is available from the University of Wolverhampton, offering world-renowned excellence in technology, business skills and knowledge transfer. Our higher and further education providers including City of Wolverhampton College and Wolverhampton Adult Education Service also play a vital role in building and maintaining the city’s workforce. So, it’s no surprise that the city has nearly 600 apprentices in engineering and manufacturing alone.
The University of Wolverhampton is a recognised leader in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, designed to help businesses improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills.
Wolverhampton is at the forefront of innovation, working with companies that have global market access and worldwide reputations. Just one facet of this is the City of Wolverhampton Council’s leadership of aerospace cluster development for the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership. Our focus is on supply chain issues, technology and innovation and workforce development.