Wakefield is proud of its strong heritage in manufacturing, with household names such as Haribo, Sewtec Automation and Group Rhodes calling the District home. Our advanced manufacturing businesses are known across the world for their unique point of view and staying ahead of the curve.
OE Electrics, a global award-winning manufacturer based in Wakefield, won the Queens award for International Trade in 2019, recognising their global reach which includes supplying innovative power and data distribution solutions to a wide range of industries in more than 60 countries. View case study
Advanced Manufacturing has become a significant growth area in recent years, with 12.3% of employment lying in this sector. Establishing and retaining skills and experience in this sector remains a priority for Wakefield, our partnerships with local and regional education partners allow businesses to influence the knowledge of their future workforce by working collaboratively with academics to support and nurture talent.
Our Local Plan has allocated prime employment land for Advanced Manufacturing use.