General Facts & Figures

Location

Coastal location at western end of South Wales approximately 190 miles (300 kms) west of London.

Area

The County Borough comprises an area of 44,217 hectares, with a mix of urban and rural settlements. Urban areas include the towns of Neath, Port Talbot and Pontardawe, while inland, there are the Afan, Neath, Dulais, Upper Swansea and Amman valley communities many of which have their origins in coal mining.

Population

With a population of 137,400 (2007), Neath Port Talbot is the seventh largest unitary authority in Wales.

Economic Base

  • 22.4% of jobs in manufacturing sectors compared to 13.6% in Wales and 10.6% in Great Britain.
  • Corus remains the largest industrial employer employing approximately 3,000, compared to 12,600 in 1979 before slimdown and various rationalization programmes. Other major manufacturing employers include:
    • General Electric (American) – Gas Fired Power Station.
    • Hi-Lex Cable Systems Ltd (Japanese) – Auto Components.
    • TRW Steering Systems (American) – Auto Components.
    • Envases (UK) Ltd (Spanish) – Aluminium Cans.
    • Crown Food UK & Ireland – Metal Packaging/Engineering.
    • Toyoda Koki Automotive (Japanese/American) – Steering Pumps.
    • Borg Warner Automotive (American) – Motor Components.
    • Cornelius Electronics (British) – Wiring Components.
    • Excel Electronics Assemblies (British) – Cable Harnesses.
    • Tedeco (Dutch) – Plastic Cups.

  • Tier 1 Assisted Area Grants, Single Investment Fund, soft loan funding, training and other assistance.
  • The Tourism Industry directly employs around 1079 full and part-time workers.
  • Over 1.7 million people visited the area in 2007, contributing an estimated £73.9 million to the local economy.   

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Last Updated: 13.02.2009 at 11:32

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