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

Boasting a large concentration of engineering businesses, and the benefits of economical business costs, Luton offers immediate access to key clusters such as the pharmaceutical and bioscience sector, the Midlands automotive sector and ‘Motorsport Valley’, whose world-leading engineering, research and development companies stretch from Luton to Coventry.

In 1905 Vauxhall opened the country’s first large-scale car factory in Luton. 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 engineering companies serving the
automotive, aviation, defence and pharmaceutical industries.

Of late, 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. All this
means that Luton offers access to a wide range of engineering-related skills and supply chain businesses in the borough and surrounding areas.

Local educational establishments also feature a range of engineering and management courses relevant to the sector, further boosting access to skills.

Key Businesses In sector


This Swedish multi-national has, for over 100 years, manufactured high-quality roller bearings in Luton that are exported all over the world. Its bearings are currently used in many settings including green industry  turbines . The UK head office is based in Luton together with the Railways section and the Spindle Service Centre.

MacDonald Humfrey (Automation) Ltd

The company is headquartered in Luton and was formed in 1988 to provide total turnkey solutions to core industrial sectors. They also specialise in high technology products within the visual and data communications sector and have an extensive portfolio of blue chip clients who employ their designs and innovations in the various sectors they serve.

Hayward Tyler

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. They are investing millions of pounds to expand the existing 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 & gas markets. The proposed expansion plans will create new jobs and safeguard further jobs in Luton and for its supply chain businesses.

TTI Group Ltd

Dutch-owned, and part of Aalberts, TTI Group specialises in providing surface engineering and heat treatment services and solutions to major industries including aerospace, automotive, motorsport, defence, rail, oil and gas, tool and die, construction and power generation.

Beijing West Industries Co., Ltd. (BWI) Group

This Chinese-owned company 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.

TRUMPF Limited

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.

Measurement Technology Ltd (MTL)

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.

Elster Water Metering Ltd

Part of the Elster Group, 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.

General Motors Ltd

In 1907, Vauxhall Motors Ltd was established in Luton to build Vauxhall cars. 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. The company have recently invested millions of pounds and launched its next generation 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.


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.