Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Portsmouth has a history of shipbuilding and defence. The Block Mills, within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, was home to the world’s first mechanized production process, using Marc Brunel’s famous block-making machines. Today, Portsmouth is the base for many advanced engineering and manufacturing companies, many of which are leading the world in new technologies.

The world over has been enriched by our engineering and shipbuilding heritage and creative innovation, and there has always been a strong manufacturing base in the city with real expertise to tap into. New talent is emerging from the University of Portsmouth, where its Advanced Manufacturing Engineering research group is active in knowledge transfer with regional industry, supporting research in manufacturing, rapid product development, rapid tooling, optimisation of process parameters and systems engineering.

The region is home to a cluster of businesses excelling in high-end manufacturing and cutting-edge R&D.

The highly productive manufacturing sector represents 15% of GVA for the city, higher than the SE and UK averages. It is the city's best performing sector, growing at 4.4% in 2016.

In the north east of the city, in Farlington, Nolato Jaycare is a leading company in the plastics engineering industry. Formaplex are producing world-class manufacturing solutions, using lightweight composites, and soon to expand again with an additional new state of the art production facility at Voyager Park. ENL, a leading European manufacturer of technical plastic mouldings, has developed an impressive overseas manufacturing capability. BAE has invested in a highly specialised facility at Broad Oak, seeing the combination of a skilled, experienced workforce and the historic links to manufacturing as key to growth and success.

Pall Corporation, with HQ in New York, provides customers from its UK base at Portsmouth with technologically superior products and engineered process solutions that strengthen their businesses while reducing their environmental impacts. It is a global provider of filtration and separation sciences enabling technology, with worldwide reach, delivering the most innovative process solutions. Supplying aerospace, process technologies and microelectronics, life sciences markets.


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