Caterpillar's engine production plant in Peterborough at centre of Government's industry blueprint launch.

Business minister Lord Henley during a tour of the Caterpillar centre in Peterborough.
Business minister Lord Henley during a tour of the Caterpillar centre in Peterborough.
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Engineering giant Caterpillar's Peterborough engine production was held up as an example to follow by UK industry.

Caterpillar's engine plant and research and development centre in Eastern Industry hosted business minister Lord Henley as the government unveiled its industry strategy.

He said: "The East of England is one of the most productive regions in the UK and we are determined to build on its exceptional strengths in research, innovation, agri-science and renewable energy.

“Industrial Strategy investment has already benefitted the region and we will continue to build on extraordinary local strengths, like the International Aviation Academy, and create new opportunities and high-skilled jobs.

“East of England is vital to the UK economy and this strategy, through investment in infrastructure, 5G technology, transport, skills and an uplift of £2.3 billion in innovation spending, will provide certainty for all East Anglian businesses, so they can seize the many new opportunities as we leave the EU."

Mark Dorsett, Caterpillar county director, said: "We were delighted to host Lord Henley at our Peterborough facility, Caterpillar's largest facility in Europe and home to Caterpillar's Europe Research and Development Centre.

"Peterborough is one of three centres around the world, where our innovation and technology teams design and develop advanced engineering solutions to meet our global customer requirements.

"Providing our customers with the best solutions they need to be successful is guiding manufacturing at Caterpillar to be more productive, innovative and sustainable and speaks to the role innovation plays in increasing productivity. Caterpillar welcomes the Government's commitment to a modern Industrial Strategy particularly in light of the challenges facing our business with the UK's departure from the European Union."