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Advanced manufacturing and engineering (AME) companies in Norfolk make everything from sports cars and airline seats to food processing equipment and complex medical devices.

AME is our third largest sector, employing 11% of the workforce. This skilled supply chain reflects the diversity of our local economy. Here you’ll find specialists in automotive and aviation equipment, advanced materials, electronic systems, marine technologies, precision machining, and clean energy production and storage.

The Hethel Engineering Centre (HEC) is the region’s fast growing hub for technology innovation and an integral part of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor (CNTC), which runs along the newly dualled A11. HEC is home to some 50 advanced design and manufacturing firms. They include Ansible Motion, which develops driving simulators, and Corum Technology, which specialises in vehicle dynamics and chassis development.



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Start-ups supported @ Hethel Engineering Centre

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Incubation Space @Hethel Engineering Centre

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Next door to HEC is the Group Lotus Lightweight Laboratory and test track. Here they evaluate how every component, from the aluminium chassis to the carbon fibre panels, affects the performance of their hand-made sports cars. They are just one of the many innovative AME companies you’ll find along the CNTC.

Polar Manufacturing creates bespoke carbon fibre and composite designs for prestigious automotive brands. Mirus Aircraft Seating creates strong, lightweight, carbon fibre and forged aluminium seats for aerospace clients worldwide. Multimatic’s European Technical Centre specialises in vehicle design, engineering and development for global automotive and aerospace companies.

Other AME expertise in the region includes KLM Engineering UK (based next to Norwich International Airport). API Technologies manufactures safety critical electronic components for military communications, space satellites and civil aerospace industries. Warren Services provides advanced design, welding, fabrication and precision milling for clients ranging from Rolls Royce to international theatres and concert venues.

The New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (NAAME) group provides the sector with a business-led voice and secures funding to deliver business support programmes and pilot innovation programmes. The group works with the New Anglia LEP and local education providers, such as the University of East Anglia and the Norwich International Aviation Academy, on skills and innovation projects.