Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing
Dorset is home to a thriving and varied advanced engineering sector, which includes Aerospace, Defence, Composite and Marine technologies. Altogether, they employ around 15,400 people and contribute £800 million to Dorset’s economy. Dorset companies excelling in advanced engineering sectors include global and European leaders such as Cobham, Meggitt, BAE Systems, Magellan Aerospace, Curtiss-Wright, Honeywell, Ultra Electronics, AGC AeroComposites and GA Telesis, in addition to an impressive array of local supply businesses.
The county is also the home to the Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster (Dorset EMC), which was created to provide a voice for the sector across Dorset, and enable companies to collaborate, increase their sustainability, and help achieve their full potential. The Dorset EMC has evolved into a successful network of 300+ businesses across different supply chains, aiming to provide a voice for variety of sectors within Dorset.
UK has the world’s second largest aerospace industry after the United States, and Dorset counts aerospace as one of its leading industries.
Many of Dorset’s aerospace companies help the world’s most significant civil and defence projects with research and development, design and manufacturing.
Dorset is also part of the South West Aerospace cluster of the UK, the largest in Europe. All the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the South West of England have engaged in promoting aerospace as the leading cluster in Europe. To find more about the proposition, click here.
Dorset is also the home to some of the largest players in the field of composite technologies, used in both marine and renewable energy industries. For example, Norco GRP is a leader in its field in combining composite technology with tidal power generation.
Valmira Glass was originally started directly after the Second World War with fibreglass expertise brought over from the United States, building upon an historic expertise of weaving held in Sherborne since the 17th Century.
Thanks to its maritime naval history, Dorset is at the forefront of R&D Defence with world-class companies such as Universal Wiring Systems, Atlas Elektronik UK, QinetiQ, Aish Technologies, AGI Aeronautics, AB Precision, G3 Systems and Lab Impex Systems. Global Marine Systems with its operational base at Portland Port is the largest independent provider of submarine cable installation, maintenance and related engineering services worldwide.
Thanks to its maritime naval history, Dorset is at the forefront of R&D Defence with world-class companies such as Universal Wiring Systems, Atlas Elektronik UK, QinetiQ, Aish Technologies, AGI Aeronautics, AB Precision, G3 Systems and Lab Impex Systems.
Global Marine Systems, which has an operational base at Portland Port, is the largest independent provider of submarine cable installation, maintenance and related engineering services worldwide.
Sunseeker International, the world-leading leisure boat manufacturer of some of the world’s most luxurious motoryachts, has been based in Poole for over 40 years and has expanded its manufacturing expertise to Osprey Quay in Portland.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has its headquarters in Poole, leading in the design and manufacture of its "Shannon Class" lifeboats and intensive training of lifeboat crews at its College.
Invest In Dorset has created many documents as part of their Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing Proposition:
- Invest in Aerospace (downloads available here).
- Invest in Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing (download here).
- Invest in Marine (download here).
There is sector specific assistance available from the following sources:
- Aerospace Growth Partnership
- Farnborough Aerospace Consortium
- West of England Aerospace Forum
- CALMARE (Centre for ALternative MAterials and REmanufacturing technologies)
- Defence Growth Partnership
- F4N Fit for Nuclear
- LIMA (Laboratory for Integrated Metrology Applications)
- NATEP (National Aerospace Technology Programme)
- Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre
- South West Growth Fund
- National Composites Centre (National Catapult Centre)
- Dorset Engineering and Manufacturing Cluster
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
- Centre for Digital Entertainment