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Infrastructure and Innovation

Tees Valley has some of the most efficient production facilities in the world and the large-scale infrastructure that the region is able to offer is ideal for automotive manufacturers. The area is innovative and forward-thinking, allowing it to maintain its position at the leading edge of developments in this sector.

Liberty Steel’s new 3D testing facility will develop and manufacture new speciality alloy metals powders for additive manufacturing applications, such as 3D printing, engine parts, a market set to be worth more than £1billion by 2026.

Global Confidence

International companies enjoying success here include US company Cummins, which has been manufacturing engines in Darlington for more than 50 years; Japanese car parts manufacturer Nifco, which produces parts used by some of the world’s largest car makers; ElringKlinger (GB), experts in the design and manufacture of specialty gaskets; and off-road giant Caterpillar, which has two bases in Tees Valley. From its Stockton location it uses the latest technology to cut, weld and machine all the major structures for use at its assembly plant and from the Redcar site it produces steel track shoes.

Our automotive supply chain produces products that are supplied to some of the world’s largest automotive OEMs, including General Motors, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Nissan.


Nissan is the UK’s largest and most productive automotive plant. As a result, the region has an envious automotive supply chain, consisting of over 240 companies, including 28 tier-one suppliers. One in three cars made in Britain is manufactured by Nissan in the North-East and from here it exports to 130 international markets.

Aerospace and Defence

Tees Valley has a vibrant aerospace and defence supply chain, which includes innovative companies delivering services from aircraft recycling, overhaul and repair through to manufacturing insulation services for leading OEMs and providing internationally renowned fire training.

Teesside International Airport

Teesside International Airport  is at the heart of the aerospace industry in Tees Valley. Business and general aviation are core activities at the airport and include the Serco International Fire Training Centre, Cobham Plc flight training services and Sycamore Aviation. The airport Master Plan presents a vision for repositioning the airport and looks to secure additional investment to continue to establish a vibrant specialist airport. A key feature is the 2291 x 45 metre runway, which is capable of accepting an aircraft of any size, including the world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov.

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