Transport Equipment Manufacturing

D2N2  is synonymous with  transport equipment manufacturing.  Home to a number of large and global Original Equipment Manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers such as Toyota, Rolls Royce and Bombardier as well as their significant local supply chains. This strength is built on many years of innovation and manufacturing expertise. Derby celebrated 175 years of rail manufacturing in 2014, and Raleigh Bicycle Company was established in Nottingham in 1890.   

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RVEL Employees work on a railway carriage


A Rolls-Royce Engine

Rail, Aerospace and automotive businesses in the D2N2 area can register to become members of larger umbrella organisations which provide support and information to its member businesses be they SME or established businesses. Rail companies in the region can become members of Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) as can aerospace companies with the Aerospace Alliance. The Society for Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) supports and promotes the automotive industry in the same way as the aerospace alliance and RFEM.

The sector is concentrated in Derby and South Derbyshire, with links along the A50 to Staffordshire and covers the production of aerospace, automotive and rail transport vehicles. D2N2 is 40% more productive than elsewhere is the UK for transport equipment manufacturing and employs over 20,000 people.  

The IISE (Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering) is based at the University of Derby to support advanced manufacturing businesses and engineering companies across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. To find out more about the IISE, click here.

The importance of the sector is recognised in the UK Industrial Strategy and, despite increasing global competition, it is likely to remain an important driver of the D2N2 economy. The sector is complemented by strengths in the area’s research base, particularly at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham.  Although not part of the manufacturing sector, there are linkages to transport innovation and information technologies in which our Universities play a leading role.

Support for the sector can be accessed through the Catalysing Growth and Enscite programmes. More information on each of the programmes and how to engage with them are linked below.

Employment 2012: 20,200 (BRES)