Luton is synonymous with vehicle manufacturing and high-precision engineering.

Luton is nestled at the heart of Growth Corridor Central Area offering immediate access to the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Growth Corridor, which is already one of the most innovative and economically successful areas of the UK. It boasts a large concentration of advanced technology and engineering businesses, and the benefits of economical business costs.

Vauxhall opened the country’s first large-scale car factory in Luton in 1905. Today the Vauxhall plant is the last remaining light commercial vehicle manufacturer in the UK.

The town is home to world-leading British and international high technology companies serving the automotive, aviation, defence and pharmaceutical industries.

Luton has been successful in attracting high-performance technology companies specialising in the design and manufacture of innovative technologies applied to engines, including automotive, aerospace, marine and world leading research centres.

Luton offers access to a wide range of engineering-related skills and supply chain businesses in the borough and surrounding areas.

Local educational establishments deliver a range of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and management courses relevant to the sector, further boosting access to a highly skilled workforce.

Key businesses in sector:

BWI Group is a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global transportation market. Clients include the Landrover portfolio for the aftermarket, an extensive premium range of passenger shock absorber applications for Ford Focus, Renault Toyota Corolla, Avensis, RAV4 and many others including shock absorbers for heavy duty and commercial vehicles.

The Swiss company produces high-performance stamping presses and is renowned the world over as a pacesetter in “high-quality punching technology”. BRUDERER UK has established a reputation of unrivalled excellence in the sphere of high speed precision stamping. From their Luton location the company supplies it’s many customers with authentic “BRUDERER made” spare parts plus service support from a UK based team of factory trained service personnel. Today, BRUDERER UK is known as a one stop shop for all press shop machinery and ancillary equipment.

The Luton site is a world leader in providing innovative mechanical and electronic water metering solutions, for utility, commercial and domestic use. The design and manufacturing facility in Luton, is the birthplace of polymer bodied water meter technology. Elster Water Metering Limited offers a complete water metering portfolio including solutions for revenue metering, cost allocation, network monitoring, distribution, radio reading, smart metering systems and industrial applications.

Headquartered in Luton, Hayward Tyler has been operating from its present site since the early 1870s. The company developed the first submersible motor in the early 1900s, and continues to innovate and develop. Hayward Tyler designs, manufactures, and services fluid-filled electric motors and pumps for high-pressure, high-temperature applications and environments across the global energy sector. They have invested millions of pounds to expand the manufacturing and research & development (R&D) facilities in Luton, as well as creating a global ‘Centre of Excellence’ for designing mission critical motor and pump technology for the civil nuclear and oil and gas markets.

L3 MacDonald Humfrey Automation has a long- standing reputation for engineering excellence and quality. Since its formation in 1988, L3 MacDonald Humfrey Automation has grown to encompass a wealth of experience and talent in the field of technical automation and control technology that few others can rival. Now part of L3 Technologies, its investment will enable L3 MacDonald Humfrey Automation to remain a leader in systems integration and deploy new applications and services to new sectors and new geographies around the world.

MTL, part of Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds business, is a world leader in products designed for use in hazardous areas where there is a probability of explosive atmospheres. Many of the world’s most safety-critical processes are monitored, controlled, visualised or protected by MTL products some of which are manufactured in the Luton Plant and is distinguished in its acknowledged position as a leader in this high technology marketplace.

This Swedish multi-national has, for over 100 years, manufactured high-quality roller bearings in Luton that are exported all over the world. The UK head office, based in Luton also manufactures sealed spherical roller bearings which have been developed to reduce the amount of grease used due to high operating temperatures in such processes as steelmaking.  In 1997, the Luton factory was also the first major bearing manufacturer worldwide to achieve certification to the new environmental management standard ISO 14001.

TRUMPF Limited is the UK subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group, a leading global high-technology company that produces machine tools, lasers and electronics for industrial applications. A world leader in sheet metal fabrication machinery and industrial lasers, TRUMPF’s technologies are used in the manufacture of the most diverse products, from vehicles, building technology and mobile devices to state-of-the-art power and data storage. The UK headquarters in Luton serves the UK market for machine tools, laser technology, power tools and electronics.

Vauxhall Iron Works commenced production of cars in 1905 and changed their name to  Vauxhall Motors Ltd in 1907 Vauxhall stopped car production in 2002 but continues to produce vans in Luton. The plant is the largest van manufacturing site and the last remaining light commercial vehicle manufacturer in the UK. Since 2001, the plant has been building multiple variants of the Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro Van, which has been hugely successful and won multiple awards including the ‘Best Medium Van’ at the Van Fleet Awards no less than seven times. Vauxhall’s head office is also based in Luton. On 1 August 2017, Vauxhall Motors and its sister company Opel became part of Groupe PSA.

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