Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a vital asset to the Liverpool City Region economy, supporting nearly 50,000 staff in 3,000 companies and directly contributing £3.2bn to the overall economy.





People Employed

As part of the UK’s largest manufacturing region the City Region has a diverse mix of companies including Jaguar Land Rover, Unilever, Pilkington, Ineos and Astra Zeneca alongside Getrag, Johnson Controls, ABB as well as innovative SME’s, engineering and fabrication companies and manufacturing start-ups.

In 2013 the LEP commissioned Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) to undertake a detailed analysis of the assets and capabilities of the City Region. The final Report ‘Making It – Advanced Manufacturing in Liverpool City Region to 2020’ outlines the vision for advanced manufacturing as well as identifying six short term opportunities and a number of global competencies on which the city region can grow.

A Manufacturing Action Plan (STEPS) has also been developed in consultation with partners across the City Region to ensure a cohesive approach to strengthening, promoting and growing the advanced manufacturing sector in the City Region.

The LEP is very much focussed on removing barriers to growth for local manufacturers, as well as making the sector (and all of its sub-sectors) more resilient to shocks in the market. To do this, we undertake horizon-scanning research and formulate and deliver support pathways for businesses to engage with. On Wednesday 30th November 2016 we launched LCR4.0, to find out more about LCR4.0 click here.

Making It Board

Our Making It Board sets direction and oversees delivery on advanced manufacturing across the City Region. It brings together businesses, policymakers and delivery partners to ensure the sector is globally competitive.

Mike Houghton (Chair)

Siemens Processes and Drives Division

Paul Blanchard


Peter Carew


Dr Phil Carroll

LPW Technology

Richard Halstead


Michael Hulme


Sarah Irons

English Provender

Robin Leatherbarrow

Liverpool John Moores University

John McDonald

Non Exec Director - Automotive

Graeme McLaren

United Automation

Dale Milburn

Knowsley MBC

Michael Norris

STFC Sci Tech Daresbury

Simon Reid

Liverpool City Region LEP

Alan Seeley

Getrag Ford

Scott Tolson


Simon Willocks

Astra Zeneca

John Wilson

Jaguar Land Rover

Wiebe Van Der Hoek

University of Liverpool