Reshoring trend benefits North East workforce


North East engineering firm Dyer Engineering as part of a £2.5 million investment is proud to support the regions’ economy with the opening of a new site in Stanley, County Durham. Dyer Engineering has increased its production capacity to almost 90,000 square feet with the addition of its new manufacturing facilities in Harelaw.

The expansion allows Dyer Engineering to meet increased demand for its fabrication and manufacturing services from the offshore and rail industries and breathes new life into the former Schmitz Cargobull site, which has stood empty since the trailer manufacturer exited the area in 2011.

With the additional space, Dyer Engineering has become one of the region’s largest precision machining and fabrication businesses. The new facility will be utilised for the production of larger, bespoke fabrications to complement the Annfield Plain site, which focuses on repeat, batch production products.

The decision to stay in the North East has helped the business to efficiently reduce imports, increase exports, and keep manufacturing jobs in the North; strengthening the regions economy overall. Other domestic suppliers have watched as large manufacturers have offshored work and well-paying jobs that all contribute to an unstable regional economy.

Richard Bradley Finance Director at Dyer Engineering comments on the decision to stay in the North East “Our decision to stay in the region secures desirable jobs that in the past have been lost to decades of offshoring. For Dyer Engineering this represents a gradual, organic evolution in our development, we have always worked to train our workforce and want to continue to invest in their development. There are strong, skilled and competent workers in the North East and as a leading employer in the region, we wanted to ensure that these employees benefited from our expansion. From a commercial perspective this improves quality and the consistency of our products and clusters our manufacturing personnel with research and development teams which helps to enhance innovation overall and strengths our ability to respond to our customers demands right here, right now”.

Therese Liddle, MD, NRG adds, “The number of businesses benefitting from reshoring increases each day as sourcing talent overseas becomes problematic with increased salaries, higher logistical costs and the inability to provide effective and responsive teams overseas. Many businesses are shifting their operations back to the UK because offshoring has hampered their capacity to compete competitively and meet demand for exceptional products”.

Dyer Engineering, as an advocate for manufacturing in engineering in the North East has joined The Manufacturers League after being invited by NRG. The two are proud to sponsor the league and will continue to celebrate all that is great about manufacturing in the North East.