Advanced Manufacturing

Why Walsall?

Walsall’s economy has grown on the back of a strong, successful history of manufacturing, linked mainly to the automotive sector. Home to companies in the across Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3, Walsall is at the forefront of the automotive supply chain from concept to production.


Boosted by recent growth in the advanced manufacturing sector – mainly attributable to the rapid expansion of the global automotive market – Walsall is home to a thriving cluster of automotive supply chain businesses.


Walsall is also at the geographical heart of the UK automotive industry. Circled by a ring of automotive OEMs within one hour’s drive, companies in Walsall are ideally located to benefit from this proximity and the subsequent ability to respond to rapidly to fluctuations in demand and, therefore, provide a secure supply chain for automotive OEMs.


The Black Country University Technical College is developing the next generation of engineers and scientists, while the Manufacturing Technology Centre and Research Institute of Advanced Technologies at the nearby University of Wolverhampton provide opportunities for industry-academia partnerships to bring new products, methods and solutions to market.


Who’s already here?

  • ZF Lemforder is a leading worldwide automotive supplier for driveline and chassis technology with 121 production companies in 27 countries. ZFL is among the top 10 companies on the ranking list of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.
  • Caparo Castings have been manufacturing forged components at its current site for over 100 years, and supply components to major automotive customers.
  • Assa Abloy offers security solutions drawing on the world’s largest selection of locking products for a diverse range of applications and environments. Customers include Emirates Stadium, O2 Arena and Old Trafford.
  • Over 75 years of precision grinding expertise combined with continued investment in the latest precision grinding technology makes Kepston Ltd a complete solution for precision grinding. The site has aerospace & ISO 9001:2000 approvals.



Over the next couple of decades our aim is to increase both jobs and productivity in the sector. This will see output more than double to £1.6 billion, a growth that will result in the sector contributing almost a quarter of Walsall’s total economic output. The Black Country has identified particular opportunities for OEMs and supply chain businesses in both Automotive and Aerospace.