Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine Volume 425 - January 2016 - Page 31

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING MADE IN YORKSHIRE BUY LOCAL THINK GLOBAL With a prowess in the textiles industry dating back half a millennia, and the later esteem of an international steel trade, Yorkshire has yet to relinquish its prominence in the manufacturing and engineering sector. The largest county in England, defined by a regional dialect unlike any other, has remained buoyant over the years, largely thanks to its commitment to skilled manufacture and diversification into further specialist engineering sectors. With the subdivision of the region, and the differentiation of towns and cities, we can begin to trace the sheer vastness – in scale and range – of Yorkshire's manufacturing and engineering profile. Stretching from Sheffield to North Allerton, the county has both a history and present rooted in engineering and manufacture: the former as the home of steel, while the latter has remained a centre of agriculture. Huddersfield, too, has guarded its industrial impression on the landscape; having switched many of its mills to plants, it has become a town of chemical and engineering companies, and the birthplace of the likes of Cummins and Brooks Motors. It is perhaps Leeds where the region's foothold on the sector is secured and, from a successful wool production trade during the Industrial Revolution, the city has subsequently 4 ventured into a variety of markets and secured the title of third largest manufacturing centre in the UK. The largest sub-sectors within its manufacturing proficiency are engineering, printing and publishing, food and drink, chemicals and medical technology. Not just a pillar of the nation's manufacturing and engineering industry, Leeds has, furthermore, gone on the rank as a world gamma city in recognition of its economic vitality. As testament to the region's consistent profile in the industry, Yorkshire benefits from a number of trade associations committed to preserving the vibrancy of the landscape's manufacturing and engineering output. In addition to Manufactured Yorkshire, Made in Yorkshire is the newest trade association looking to secure the region's manufacturing and engineering firms national esteem. As a privately-run peer group for company founders and directors, the organisation is concerned with encouraging sector-wide change informed by the interests of its members, and actively looks to ensure members' profile on the landscape. With such strong industrial presence, it's surprising to learn that over one fifth of the Yorkshire landscape is rural, and local and national conservation charities are therefore keen to protect the biodiversity and greenery of the area. In view of the region's pastoral geography, industries and local authorities have Yorkshire benefits from a number of trade associations committed to preserving the vibrancy of the landscape's manufacturing and engineering output. collaborated to ensure the county's economic prosperity doesn't come at the cost of either the local or global environment. A host of companies have invested in renewable technology like photovoltaic power in order to reduce carbon emissions, and a great deal more have sought efficient heating and lighting solutions for use in plants and workspace. And so, with feet firmly placed in several major industries, and an acknowledgement of the responsibility that comes with such, Yorkshire's cultural and industrial presence is guarded for the future. Alive with progress and the events to which the county plays host, it only continues to gain speed on the international market and yet breed a culture which is vehemently patriotic. MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING MAGAZINE 29