The area has a strong manufacturing and engineering tradition, benefitting from its superb location on the west coast of Scotland. Multinational organisations choose the area due to its convenient access to the Clyde, as well as excellent road and rail connections to ease delivery of raw materials and dispatch.
Manufacturing remains at the core of the North Ayrshire economy, with major companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, DSM and Sigma Aldrich all based in the area. Ardagh Glass - one of North Ayrshire’s current largest employers - produces more than 310 million glass bottles at its Irvine plant each year and supplies some of the world’s leading luxury spirit brands such as Glenfiddoch, Morgan’s Spiced and Smirnoff. When UPM first established their Caledonian Paper Mill in 1989, it was the largest inward investment of its time - the mill now produces over 260,000 tonnes of paper every year.
Whether your business is from the oil and gas sector, renewables, or general engineering and manufacturing, the Irvine Enterprise Area – one of only four Enterprise Areas in Scotland - provides accelerated capital allowances to any business investing in plant and machinery in one of their capital allowance eligible plots.
The area provides robust infrastructure, high quality specialist supply companies and space for both small and large businesses to thrive. Further, compared with the rest of Scotland, North Ayrshire has nearly double the proportion of young people undertaking trade apprenticeships, providing a skilled labour market for manufacturing and engineering businesses.
North Ayrshire Council have established partnerships to develop learning opportunities and pathways into engineering careers, including links with an Ayrshire Collegeproject with the STEM ambassador network, Irvine Bay Regeneration and local businesses to encourage girls into physics, engineering and technology.
To find out about how North Ayrshire can support your manufacturing and engineering business to grow contact us on 01294 449944.