Marine manufacturing

Around 25% of all marine manufacturing jobs in the UK are based in the South West. Maritime UK South West is leading development of technologies, systems, processes and skills in design, manufacture and repair for the marine manufacturing and engineering, commercial ship, yacht and boat building industry. There is a significant Ministry of Defence presence across the South West, which offers varied and plentiful R&D and supply chain opportunities.

For full details of Maritime UK South West’s Design, Engineering and Manufacturing research institutions and testing facilities and examples of South West businesses succeeding in this field, please download the brochure here.

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Maritime UK South West has been at the forefront of helping to create partnerships and projects to enable clean growth in marine manufacturing. To find out more about forthcoming opportunities for funding and collaborations follow us on X and sign up to our newsletter.

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Pendennis, Cornwall, has one of the world’s leading custom superyacht marine manufacturing and refit facilities, working with many of the world’s leading Naval Architects and Yacht Designers. Sunseeker International with its headquarters and Design & Technology Centre in Poole, Dorset employ over 2,600 highly skilled designers, engineers and master craftsmen, exporting c.140 yachts a year to more than 45 countries. Multimarine Manufacturing Saltash provide custom sail and power projects, with leading accessible craft and catamarans. Princess Yachts International, operate in 119 countries and employ over 3,000 people, they are one of the leading motor yacht manufacturers in Europe and are headquartered and build their M Class yachts in Plymouth.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has its headquarters and award winning training college in Poole. The All-weather Lifeboat Centre, which officially opened in August 2015, is the Charity’s very own boat building facility which brings every stage of the lifeboat building process in-house, ensuring that they are fully equipped to build the next generation of all-weather lifeboats (including the new Shannon class lifeboats; their most advanced all-weather lifeboat to date).

Princess Yachts
Sunseeker factory

South West Research and Development for Marine Manufacturing

Marine-i in Cornwall and the Marine Business Technology Centre for Devon provide Innovation support which brings together the considerable expertise of the South West Research community. Maritime UK South West has been at the forefront of helping to create partnerships and projects to enable growth in marine manufacturing. To find out more about forthcoming opportunities for funding and collaborations follow us on X and sign up to our newsletter.

The Additive Layer Manufacturing Centre works on all stages of the manufacturing process, including powder morphology, material fl ow and sintering characteristics, as well as optimisation of the design and structural properties.
Exeter is the only centre in Europe offering a commercially available HT-LS platform and independent research on 3D printing materials and processes. A 14m water flume facility enables investigation into structural responses to marine operations during deployment or operation.

The National Composites Centre based in Bristol aims to accelerate the growth of UK industrial output by enabling design and manufacturing enterprises to deliver winning solutions in the application of composites. Members include BAE Systems, AC Marine & Composites and Leonardo Helicopters.

Marine Manufacturing

The University of Plymouth Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre is a leading composites R&D facility. The Centre has a particular strength in marine environment composites. The Materials and Structures Research Group looks at structural integrity and the structural laboratory has a range of machines for tension/compression, bending, torsion, fatigue and creep tests. The Marine Navigation Centre uses state-of-the-art facilities to demonstrate navigation of super tankers or super yachts and provide tailored professional development courses.

University of Plymouth Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre

Royal HaskoningDHV is a leading independent, international engineering consultancy service provider with technical excellence in developing, designing and delivering innovative sustainable maritime solutions

Caterpillar Marine Power UK designs, develops and manufactures marine generators and propulsion engines for a export market at it’s state of the art manufacturing facility in Ferndown, Dorset. The products are specifically designed to meet the rigours of the marine environment in particular stringent emission regulations both in the commercial and pleasure craft markets.

Wärtsilä are based in several locations in the UK (including Havant in the South Coast). Wärtsilä Water Systems in Poole, Dorset, specialises in advanced waste water treatment technology such as grey and black water, dry waste and sewage; as well as systems to treat and manage ballast water, which threatens to have a serious ecological effect if not dealt with. They also manufacture Compressors and Oily Water Systems at the location in Poole.

Caterpillar marine

BMT is a leading engineering and science consultancy operating in oil and gas, defence, renewables, ports, risk management and maritime transport.

Babcock International provides critical, complex engineering services which support national defence, save lives and protect communities. Babcock focuses on three highly regulated markets – defence, emergency services and civil nuclear – delivering vital services and managing complex assets in the UK and internationally.

BAE Systems also operating across the South West, BAE systems designs, manufactures and supports complex surface ships, submarines, torpedoes, radars, and command and combat systems. BAE also provides ship repair, maintenance and upgrade services, and are a supplier of naval gun systems, as well as being a provider of commercial shipbuilding.

Wart marine

AGI is a leading global provider of proprietary situational awareness and LED lighting systems for naval vessels, military and commercial aircraft and military ground vehicles.

SC Innovation is part of the SC Group in Devon, SC incorporates specialist vehicle work with the RNLI and emergency services for challenging sectors such as oil & gas, marine, renewable energy and nuclear. SC designs fl exible, multi-role, high performance products such as workboats to support offshore and other maritime engineering sectors.

TEIGNBRIDGE design and manufacture of high-quality performance propellers and sterngear. Current innovations are the Clamp on Blade propeller and research vessel, HRV1 which conducts large scale, 1200mm diameter propeller performance tests with state of the art instrumentation and data logging.

Military ship