Brexit Britain unveils new £200m factory: ‘UK no longer making anything? Wrong!’ | Science | News

Under construction in Goole, Yorkshire, the new project will create 700 direct jobs and 1,700 positions across the UK. GMI Construction Group is on course to deliver it a £35m contract and aims to hand the project over to Siemens Mobility in March. The £200million investment is the centerpiece of a 67-acre railway village site.

Contracts worth £50m have been awarded to UK firms, the majority of which are based in Yorkshire.

Underground trains for London’s Piccadilly Line will be the first to be manufactured at the site.

Sharing the news on Twitter, Mr Freeman said: “The UK no longer makes anything? Wrong.

“The UK’s annual production is £191 billion.

“This makes us the 9th largest manufacturer in the world.

“We have enormous specialized expertise in advanced manufacturing.”

There are currently five main bodies under development at Goole.

These include construction, assembly, testing, commissioning and trucking of the train body, as well as dedicated office space.

It will also see 4.5 km of railway tracks connecting the facilities to the main railway line laid, with five lines in total.

Lee Powell, the new Managing Director of GMI Construction, said, “The economic benefits of the GMI Construction program will be lasting for the region and will extend well beyond the local payroll.

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“We are committed to supporting local jobs and skills and working with local employment and training initiatives as well as links with educational institutions.”

As part of this project, GMI created four new apprenticeship places and preserved six other positions.

It also hosts educational tours and workshops for schools, colleges and universities and will offer five university or college internships.

It comes after data from IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (Cips) showed production growth at UK factories was limited at the start of the year.

This left some people pointing fingers at Brexit.

According to the survey of 650 manufacturers, which is tracked by the government and the Bank of England for warning signs of the economy, new work inflows from abroad fell for the fourth consecutive month .

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While companies reported continued growth late last year and a slight easing of supply chain delays, manufacturers said logistical issues, Brexit difficulties and the possibility of further pandemic restrictions at home and abroad had hurt export demand by the end of the year.

Researcher Euler Hermes said new trade restrictions since leaving the EU and the impact of the pandemic mean UK exporters are on track to be the slowest among major European economies to recover from COVID -19.

But those fears seem to have dissipated.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced last week: “GDP increased by 0.9% in November and is now 0.7% above its pre-pandemic peak.

“Services increased by 0.7%, manufacturing by 1.1% and construction by 3.5%.

Mr Sunak commented: “It’s amazing to see the size of the economy return to pre-pandemic levels in November – a testament to the courage and determination of the British people.

The government continues to support individuals and businesses, including through grants, loans and tax relief.”

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