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Manufacturing is a bedrock sector. It is a high-scale, but also high-value activity that requires continuous technology deployment. Manufacturing is a key enabler of defence and marine activity, large export potential and large supply chain contribution.
The sector is dominated by a few large organisations, but there is also a significant number of highly productive SMEs. A considerable number of manufacturers within the city are FDI (Foreign Direct Investors).
(13.9% of PLY employment)
GVA per FTE
GVA output of
(16.2% of Plymouth GVA)
above city average
Opportunities/Challenges to address
Persistent skills shortages
SMEs need assistance to diversify into new markets; UK or overseas
Help required to increase supply chain resilience
Need to innovate using Industry 4.0 principles
Possible redundancies post furlough/government support schemes
Identified courses of action
Analyse realistic new job pipeline and feed into Skills4Plymouth and local talent retention project activity.
Outcome: Support relevant skills delivery including upskilling employees vulnerable to redundancy. Match local people to local jobs.
Understand and promote existing and new export assistance schemes.
Outcome: Grow sales, protect existing jobs and create new jobs.
Progress possibility of regional resource to map local supply chain.
Outcome: Ultimately to increase supply chain resilience and local procurement.
Progress possibility of regional version of Made Smarter support
Outcome: Heightened digital capability for the medium to longer term
Increase Sector innovation to increase productivity and competitiveness with public sector support
Outcome: Future proof the sector by safeguarding existing jobs and creating new knowledge intensive jobs.
Successes/Results to date
There has been and continues to be considerable investment happening across the city including, for example:
Plessey (doubling job numbers resulting from a new deal with Facebook);
Babcock (10 dock development);
Karsal Manufacturing Ltd. (Karsal have bought out PCH Manufacturing and will be recruiting further staff)