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, ‘LCR4.0’ was launched. LCR4.0 is an ERDF-funded business support project which will fully subsidise SMEs working on ‘Industry 4.0’ or ‘4IR’ technologies and processes with any of the project partners; Sensor City, the Engineering Technology Research Institute of Liverpool John Moores University, the Virtual Engineering Centre of the University of Liverpool and the STFC Hartree Centre.

The Liverpool City Region is fortunate to have outstanding existing assets which can help businesses tackle the pillars of digital manufacturing, with strengths in Internet of Things, Big Data, Systems Integration, Augmented Reality, Additive Manufacturing, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Autonomous Systems and Automation. In addition to utilising these assets to strengthen our existing manufacturing base, we market this as a formidable proposition to potential inward investors. We are working to make Liverpool City Region the UK hotbed for Industry 4.0.

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

Ken Badcock

University of Liverpool

Paul Blanchard


Peter Carew


Phil Carroll

LPW Technology

Stephen Fitzsimons


Michael Hulme


Sarah Irons


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