Boeing, Rolls Royce…..and now McLaren – Supercar producer is coming to the region

Published 9th February 2017 at 3:12pm

McLaren’s plans for research and manufacturing in the Sheffield City Region has been hailed as a massive triumph for the partnership between the public and private sectors, who worked together for 18 months to draw McLaren to the area.

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the region’s private sector Local Enterprise Board (LEP), said: “Our close partnership with the University, Sheffield City Council, and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has been fundamental to bringing McLaren here.

“Our Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, where McLaren will be based, is a growing and hugely dynamic business community. This news follows the recent government announcement that’s its national Industrial Strategy will bolster hotspots like this to support region’s specific strengths.

“Our £12million commitment to the £50million project has been critical to ensuring McLaren could get the project off the ground. It’s absolutely fantastic to see jobs coming to the North – the McLaren Composites Technology Centre will be the company’s first purpose-built facility outside its current campus in Surrey. However, none of this would have been possible without our determined approach to ensuring we create jobs and boost economic growth.

“Strategic investment in projects which will create good quality employment is central to the SCR’s target of creating 30,000 high value jobs and 6,000 new businesses –  and the funding for McLaren illustrates this.”

Other benefits likely to follow from McLaren’s move include supply chain opportunities and the development of a cluster of high-value manufacturing businesses around the district.

Sir Nigel added: “The Local Enterprise Partnership and Combined Authority have provided and will continue to provide considerable support to ensure this investment will flourish.

“McLaren will be in good company in the region, alongside the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing, Rolls-Royce, British Steel, Siemens, Forgemasters and others. I expect this to be just the start as businesses look to Sheffield City Region as an internationally attractive investment proposition.”

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton, Chair of the Combined Authority, said: “This latest investment has been the result of months of hard work and a really strong public-private partnership approach to working together for the good of the region.

“I am confident that we’ll be able to continue to attract more firms to locate here in the Sheffield City Region. Companies like McLaren don’t want to be anywhere else at the moment, and it is great to see.”

McLaren will work with the University of Sheffield on a two-year research and development programme, leading to the development of a production facility where its lightweight carbon fibre chassis will be built for its new models from 2020.