Scotland’s position as a world leader in engineering can be traced back through the centuries. From the invention of the telephone to the first steam engines, Scotland has always generated fantastic ideas and turned them into reality. The Engineering and Technology sector generated £24.4bn turnover for Scotland in 2013 and there is a huge volume of nearly 10,000 technology and engineering companies across the country, employing 150,000 people.
Lanarkshire has a strong industrial heritage and this continues to attract and boost high value engineering companies that make the area their home. Companies such as Martin Aerospace in Lanark supply critical components and assemblies to the aerospace industry and have links with some of the biggest companies in the sector including Rolls Royce Engines which power Airbus planes.
The diversity of engineering and technology across Lanarkshire is clear, with companies such as Gas Sensing Solutions in Cumbernauld recently winning the Innovation Award 2014 by the Institute of Physics for their unique LED/PD technology for measuring concentration levels of carbon dioxide.
The far reaching scope of this sector allows Lanarkshire to offer an attractive prospect to new and emerging businesses, with readily available industrial space and a nurturing environment with support from the councils of Lanarkshire. The companies mentioned above and others like them are integral to Scotland’s engineering economy, providing support to globally recognised companies and cementing Scotland’s place in the engineering world.
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