Key Sectors

Engineering and Manufacturing


Support for the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Sector in Angus and the North East

230 Manufacturing Companies,

3% of all Scottish Companies in the Sector

Quality of Life

5,400 Manufacturing jobs in Angus,

14% of all jobs in the county

Land costs is competitively cheaper than Aberdeen, Fife, Dundee

Manufacturing Annual Economic impact for Angus is £677 Million (GVA)

The Engineering and Manufacturing (EAM) sector has been a strong driver of the Angus economy with growth outpacing both Aberdeen City and Shire. The EAM sector in Angus is more productive than the Scottish sector as a whole, with 7.7bn Gross Value Added (GVA) per head amounting to 122% of the Scottish average to the Tayside economy.

Life Sciences

Significant investment has been made by GlaxoSmithKline at their base in Montrose. GSK in Montrose produce the active ingredients for inhalers that help 20 million users everyday. Scotland’s chemical science sector has some 200+ core businesses and it punches well above its weight, particularly in global markets.

GSK employs approximately 550 people and 6th largest worldwide pharmaceuticals company. It has a significant investment in Montrose totalling £110M in 2018.

Montrose Port

Montrose Port, managed by The Montrose Port Authority, is one of the busiest ports in Scotland and is home to a number of key businesses and with strong growth plans. It is the largest handler in the UK and possibly EU of chain and anchor and continuing to grow. It has strong links to oil and gas industry, grain, agriculture, timber, aggregates, scrap metal and handles most of the pulp imported into Scotland. Around £5.2m of investment is proposed in Berths 7 and 8 over the next 12 months thereafter a further £10m of investment is planned in Berths 9 and 10.

Montrose Port has been selected by SSE Renewables as the operations and maintenance base for a multi-billion Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm project.

Oil and Gas

This subsector represents over 7% of total Scottish GVA. Scotland’s oil and gas industry has worked in the harsh conditions of the North Sea and has demanded constant development of new technologies, processes and best-in-class training offering a range of infrastructure, facilities, skills and supply chain to support decommissioning, subsea and renewables industries.

Baker Hughes a GE company, has invested significantly in extensions and new equipment over recent years, estimated to be around £30m in total. Most recently, supported by £4.9 million Scottish Enterprise grant BHGE have invested £31 million in a Centre of Excellence which will create 100 new jobs and provide one of the most advanced facilities in the word for testing, assembly, research and development and workforce training.

Tay Cities Engineering Partnership


3 Core objectives of the Tay Cities Engineering Partnership:

  1. To promote inclusive growth through state-of-the-art training facilities
  2. To accelerate innovation, encourage entrepreneurship and meet skills gaps using new manufacturing technologies at earlier stages
  3. Provide regional expertise in applied manufacturing to compete globally

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