The city and surrounding region represents the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, including the second largest aerospace cluster in Europe; the largest cluster of pharmaceutical manufacturing in Europe; the UK’s largest food and drink sector,
and an established chemicals industry. Tata, BAE, Volkswagen and Airbus are all benefitting from the skills of the substantial and diverse engineering workforce and sophisticated supply chain.
With a long standing track record as an international automotive industry centre, some of the world's leading car manufacturers and prestige brands have been attracted by the high levels of skills, productivity and cost advantages.
Two of the UK’s most successful brands, Jaguar and Land Rover, have a major manufacturing operation in Liverpool. The Car of the Year 2011, the new Range Rover Evoque, is manufactured in Halewood. Nearby, Cheshire is home to Bentley Motors (Volkswagen) and Vauxhall (General Motors) making the area an internationally significant centre for automotive excellence and representing a key automotive supply chain opportunity.