Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Dorset is home to a thriving and varied advanced engineering sector, which includes aerospace, defence, composite and marine technologies. Altogether, they employ around  17,300 people and contribute  £803 million to Dorset’s economy.

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Dorset companies excelling in advanced engineering sectors include the following global and European leaders:

Amsafe

Atlas Elektronik UK

AVIC AIM Altitude

BAE Systems

Cobham

Cobham Aviation Services

Curtiss-Wright

Honeywell

Magellan Aerospace

Netzsch Pumps and Systems

RNLI

Siemens

Sunseeker International

Tods Defence

Ultra Electronics

The county is also home to the Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster (Dorset EMC), which was created to provide a voice for the sector across Dorset, and enable companies to collaborate, increase their sustainability, and help achieve their full potential. The Dorset EMC has evolved into a successful network of 300+ businesses across different supply chains.

A heat map for Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing companies in Dorset and the South West is available here.  

Download our short guide to Dorset's Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sector.

Aerospace

The UK has the world’s second largest aerospace industry. Dorset counts aerospace as one of its leading key industries. Dorset based companies excelling in aerospace include global and European leaders:

AIM Altitude 

BAE Systems 

Cobham 

Curtiss-Wright 

Honeywell 

Magellan Aerospace 

SPHEREA Test & Services 

Dorset is a leading hub for aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). See our aerospace MRO inward investment opportunity brochure here.

The aerospace supply chain in Dorset is supported by:

Copperchase 

GA Telesis 

GSI Westwind Air Bearings 

Ultra Electronics 

Valmiera Glass 

Many of Dorset’s aerospace companies help the world’s most significant civil and defence projects with research and development, design and manufacturing.

Dorset is also part of the South West Aerospace cluster of the UK, the largest in Europe. All the Local Enterprise Partnerships in the South West of England have engaged in promoting aerospace as the leading cluster in Europe.

Within the UK the South West has the largest aerospace cluster and one of the most diverse advanced manufacturing clusters in the country. The region’s extensive network of highly-skilled and innovative suppliers means the South West is the obvious choice for industry giants such as Airbus, Leonardo, Boeing and Rolls Royce to name but a few. To find more about the proposition, click here.

Defence

Thanks to its maritime naval history, Dorset is at the forefront of R&D defence with world-class companies based here:

AB Precision 

AGI Aeronautics 

Aish Technologies

Amsafe Bridport 

Atlas Elektronik UK

BAE Systems 

BMT Defence Services 

Chemring Technology Solutions 

Coda Octopus 

Drumgrange 

IAP G3 Systems 

QinetiQ 

Tods Defence 

Ultra Electronics NCS Systems

Dorset is also home to several Ministry of Defence Centres of Excellence:

  • The Royal Marines Base Poole, Dorset is the centre for the Royal Marines and Royal Navy amphibious and riverine activities.
  • The Royal Corps of Signals based at Blandford, Dorset is the centre of excellence and training for information computer technology for the British Army.
  • The Armour Centre at Bovington, Dorset is the centre of excellence for training in the core skills of armoured warfare.
  • The Royal Engineers Bridging Camp in Wyke Regis, situated on the Dorset coastline is the only bridging training centre retained by the British Army.

Dorset is also at the forefront of R&D in defence with leading world-class companies based here including:

AB Precision

AGI Aeronautics

Aish Technologies

Atlas Elektronik UK

IAP G3 Systems

QinetiQ


Marine and Composite Technologies

Dorset is also home to some of the largest players in the field of composite technologies, used in both marine and renewable energy industries:

  • Sunseeker International and The Royal National Lifeboat Institution both invest in R&D and manufacturing of composite technologies within Dorset. Sunseeker has manufacturing units within Poole and Osprey Quay, Portland and the RNLI has invested in a brand new R&D and manufacturing facility at its HQ and College based in Poole.
  • Norco GRP,  a leader in its field in combining composite technology with tidal power generation.

Other leading companies present in Dorset are:

Portland Port is the home port for Global Marine Systems Limited 

Download a copy of our short guide to Dorset's Marine sector.

Further information / proposition 

Invest In Dorset has created many documents as part of its Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing proposition:

 There is sector-specific assistance available from the following sources: