Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing


Swindon boasts the UK’s 7th largest automotive manufacturing employment cluster. Global brands include Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd. fully integrated car manufacturing facility and BMW, which operates a complete facility for Mini body part production. The industry invests millions into Swindon and attracts impressive supply chain companies such as American-owned Cooper Tyres.

Swindon also offers specific commercial opportunities within the New Energy Vehicle industry, click here for more information.


Swindon holds a prime location in the South West, close to Filton (with aerospace primes including Airbus, Rolls Royce and GKN) and growing aerospace defence operations at Boscombe Down. The South West Aerospace Cluster is recognised as the UK’s most capable and diverse aerospace region.

Swindon’s thriving aerospace cluster has particular specialisms in aircraft systems such as wire harnessing and hydraulics.


The UK’s 8th largest pharmaceutical employment cluster; Swindon is particularly strong in pharmaceutical manufacturing, benefitting from close proximity to both Oxfordshire and Wiltshire’s Porton Down. Swindon’s cluster features major global players in the R&D, manufacturing and supply chain of pharmaceuticals such as: Beckton Dickenson; Biomet Pharma; Catalent; Patheon; Vygon; Wasdell Packaging and Zimmer.


The original birthplace of the UK railway industry; Swindon continues to be an important hub both for rail connectivity between London and the South West and Wales, and the ideal base for rail operating companies. Network Rail and Amey Engineering Consultants are major employers and part of a growing network of rail engineers and consultants.

Rail Electrification and Swindon’s Railway Station regeneration project will attract even more companies and employees to the area in the coming years, click here to read about major projects in Swindon