General Facts & Figures
Coastal location at western end of South Wales approximately 190
miles (300 kms) west of London.
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.
With a population of 137,400 (2007), Neath Port Talbot is the
seventh largest unitary authority in Wales.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Over 1.7 million people visited the area in 2007, contributing
an estimated £73.9 million to the local
Last Updated: 13.02.2009 at 11:32