In a significant boost to Britain’s manufacturing sector, Siemens has revealed plans to invest £100 million in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Wiltshire. The new centre of manufacturing excellence will be dedicated to building the next generation of rail signalling and control systems, contributing to the ongoing modernisation of the country’s rail and transport networks. The investment announcement aligns with a broader commitment of over £360 million in advanced manufacturing, to promote innovation and growth in the technology sector. Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt highlighted the importance of Siemens’ commitment, stating that it showcases the success of the government’s plan to make the UK the best place for business growth and investment. 

 Replacing the existing Chippenham factory, the new facility is expected to be operational by 2026, with over 800 skilled workers in manufacturing, research, engineering, and reporting roles transitioning seamlessly. This move ensures a smooth continuation of production, with no interruption in delivering critical signalling and control systems for key projects like the Elizabeth Line, North Wales Coast, and Birmingham New Street.  The Chancellor emphasised the significance of Siemens’ digital technology investment, stressing that it will enhance safety, reliability, and connectivity in the rail industry. The implementation of cloud-based rail technology is set to bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds, improving sustainability and creating higher-paid job opportunities. 

 Joint CEO of Siemens Mobility UK & Ireland, Rob Morris, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, describing the £100 million investment as a strong commitment to both Chippenham and the country. He highlighted the transformative impact of Siemens Mobility’s work across its 30 sites in the UK, underlining the company’s dedication to digitalising rail and connecting communities. This investment comes at a key moment for the British rail industry, coinciding with one of the most significant modernisation programmes in two centuries. Digital rail systems are expected to facilitate better community connections and provide increased access to diverse job opportunities. Siemens Mobility’s plans are also anticipated to positively impact the local economy in Chippenham and the wider Wiltshire region. The company has committed to collaborating with local small and medium enterprises in the supply chain, further boosting economic growth in the area. 

 As part of today’s investment announcement, Siemens Mobility will play a crucial role in developing and coding digital signalling systems for the East Coast Main Line. With British manufacturing accounting for over 40% of all UK exports and employing 2.6 million people, the government’s Advanced Manufacturing Plan aims to ensure the country continues to lead in digital manufacturing technologies, securing its strategic importance on the global stage. 

Find out more about the announcement here.


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