Our city is built on industrial leadership and innovation. It’s been that way for centuries, and we’re still at the forefront of modern, high-value manufacturing and bespoke engineering worldwide. Leeds is the UK’s third largest manufacturing centre by local authority area, and home to 29,000 skilled people in 1,575 diverse manufacturing businesses that are based on creativity, design and problem solving.

The Leeds City Region has earned a global reputation for being the place to resolve difficult production challenges with high-tech manufacturing and engineering solutions. In fact, two-thirds of manufacturers here are specialists in advanced processes, R&D and product development.

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The Leeds City Region has a unique network of established academic and research centres of manufacturing excellence. At the University of Leeds: the world leading Institute for Transport Studies work with global vehicle manufacturers, testing their systems on the world’s most technically advanced driving simulator; The School of Engineering has a track record of delivering high-quality research to solve real world problems. The University is at the forefront of robot design and construction, the National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems is based in the Faculty of Engineering. The Institute of High Speed Rail and System Integration which is being developed will be the UK’s first research centre dedicated to these areas of the rail industry and one of the world’s most advanced centres for high speed rail planning and testing.

Leeds City Region also has a worldwide reputation in Agri-Food. It is the UK’s second largest food and drink producing region, home to both world-renowned producers and manufacturers as well as academics within the University of Leeds’ School of Food Science and Nutrition producing world-leading research.

We will work with leading industry figures and venues which harbour innovation across the sector to build an event proposition for you which capitalises on the scale and diversity of our city region’s manufacturing sector.