High Performance Technologies

High Performance Technologies

Since 2009 our High Performance Technology sector has grown by 38% and now employs almost 3,000 people across more than one hundred businesses.

With the expertise of internationally renowned Cranfield University, and the continued expansion of world leading companies including Millbrook and Lockheed Martin, this is a sector with significant potential.


Millbrook Proving Ground – £1.95m secured from the Regional Growth Fund to support investment in state-of-the-art facilities for research and development in advanced propulsion and emissions reduction. Safeguarding existing jobs and creating 45 new positions over the next five years.

Nissan Technical Centre Europe

Japanese car giant Nissan spends more than £3 billion on research and development each year. Its European research hub and centre of excellence for vehicle development and design is based at Cranfield University Technology Park . Its work is pivotal in the development of next generation vehicles and engines.

Cranfield Aerospace

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace (CAe) is the commercial arm responsible for providing rapid innovative solutions to some of the most challenging issues in the aerospace industry today

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin facility in the UK, Ampthill is a leading provider of mission systems for armoured fighting vehicles and their integration onto platforms produced by a number of manufacturers, whether integrated during manufacture or as capability upgrades during the platform’s service life.

VINCI Technology Centre

VINCI Technology Centre UK Limited operates in a number of sectors including:
Construction, Nuclear, Residential, Laboratory Testing and Property.
Our services are built around
- Compliance
- Sustainability
- Investigation.

Rockwell Collins

A leading employer in Leighton Buzzard, employing over 600 people, Rockwell Collins (formerly B/E Aerospace) is the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft passenger cabin interior products for the commercial and business jet aircraft markets. Rockwell Collins has leading market shares in all of its major product lines and serves virtually all of the world’s airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

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