Case Studies

See how some of the world’s leading manufacturers and businesses have found success in West Norfolk:

BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and other partners

From within an aerospace engineering centre of excellence at RAF Marham these businesses provide engineering, servicing and maintenance and technical upgrades to the RAF fleet of Tornado aircraft and will shortly also support the fleet of new F35 Lightning II aircraft from 2018.


Manufacturer of drug delivery systems, developed in partnership with global pharma companies.

  • Has between one third and 90% world market share depending on which product line chosen
  • Around one third of the asthma inhalers currently in use around the world include mechanisms produced by Bespak in King’s Lynn.
  • Every second of every day there are around 1000 people across the globe using an inhaler manufactured by Bespak in King’s Lynn

British Sugar

British Sugar Wissington is the largest and most efficient sugar beet processing factory in the world.

It also hosts the first industrial scale bio-ethanol fuel manufacturing plant in the UK, offering significant strengths in innovation and environmental sustainability.

Cooper Roller Bearings

The world leader in the design and manufacture of split roller bearings, all manufactured in King’s Lynn.

  • Key customer sectors are power, marine, mining, heavy industries
  • Key export markets are USA & China
  • It produced the bearings on which the Jodrell Bank telescope is mounted

Dow Chemical Company

Manufacturers of specialist chemical foams used in the insulation, refrigeration, automotive and construction sectors, including the London Olympics venues.

Manufacturers of agrochemicals.

Exporters to European and African markets.

Germains Technology Group

World leader in specialist treatments and seed technology.

Global headquarters and principal manufacturing site in King’s Lynn.

Has over half of the European market.

KL Technologies Ltd

Manufacturers of advanced materials including micro-porous membranes and specialist ceramics.

World leading manufacturer of specialist capital equipment to the ceramics industry.

Strong export growth. PCL Ceramics, one of its subsidiaries, also based in King’s Lynn, received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category (2014).

Palm Paper

The fastest and most efficient newsprint manufacturing facility in the world. Uses 100% recycled paper fibre.

Represents one third of the UK production capacity of newsprint.

Herbert Systems

Manufacturers and installers of specialist robotic baggage handling equipment for international airports including Heathrow, Stansted, Schipol and Dubai.

Quorn Foods

The Methwold site manufactures 50% of world production of Quorn products.

Tulip Foods

Manufacture and slicing of cooked pork & ham products.

Largest and most efficient manufacturing facility of its type in Europe.

Foster Refrigerator and Williams Refrigeration

King’s Lynn is a centre of excellence for design and manufacture of commercial refrigeration, having the top two companies in the UK based here.

Both companies have their global headquarters in King’s Lynn and operate worldwide

Between them they have been responsible for manufacturing and installing equipment in:

  • Olympic venues in Sydney, Athens and Beijing,
  • the new Wembley Stadium and the Emirates Stadium
  • Ascot and Doncaster racecourses, Wimbledon
  • Heathrow Terminal 5.

In addition, many supermarkets and retailers, medical, hotel, restaurant and leisure operators rely upon their refrigeration expertise.