Assa Abloy UK (and Yale UK, former Yale & Towne), owned by a Swedish company, is off the A454 at the B4464 roundabout in Willenhall, as the town is known for manufacture of locks; close by is A.F. Das Metropolitan County West Midlands wurde 1974 im Zuge der Kommunalreform neu gebildet. The MoD have a significant depot at Lilleshall and Donnington. Isle of Wight | Numark Pharmacy is at Tamworth (former base of Reliant). Princess Square, Wolverhampton, was the site of Britain's first traffic lights in 1927. In the 2010 general election, North Warwickshire (Dan Byles) had the smallest Conservative majority, with 54; Stoke-on-Trent Central had the smallest number of winning votes, with 12,220. Maxaret, the world's first ABS braking system, was invented in Coventry by Dunlop in the early 1950s for aircraft; John Boyd Dunlop was a Scottish vet who had first produced the first pneumatic tyres in 1889. The Midlands are defined as consisting of the regions of East Midlands and West Midlands, and include the counties of Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (but excluding North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands metropolitan boroughs. Name Status Population Census 2001-04-29 Population Census 2011-03-27 Population Estimate 2019-06-30 ; West Midlands: Metropolitan County: 2,555,592: 2,736,460: 2,928,592 → West Midlands: Region: 5,267,308: 5,601,847: 5,934,037: Contents: Settlements. For council districts, Nuneaton and Bedworth in Warwickshire has the highest rate closely followed by Tamworth. See Article History. The main British athletics championships are held in Birmingham in late June. The M40 connects the region through South East England to London, with its northern terminus at its junction with the M42; it passes close to Warwick and Banbury. He invented terms eugenics and nature versus nurture. Damit sind sie nach dem Großraum London die zweitbevölkerungsreichste englische Provinz. At GCSE based on % of entrants' pass rates, the best performing local government area in 2010 was Solihull, closely followed by Warwickshire and Shropshire. Aston Martin and Land Rover have their headquarters in Gaydon. BT's Madley Communications Centre, claims to be the world's largest earth station. JVM Castings makes crankcases off the A51 at The Leys in Tamworth, and has a site in Worcester. The Olympic Movement started at Much Wenlock, and also to the east of region, where Baron de Coubertin formulated his ideas for sport and the Olympics at Rugby School in 1883, with the headmaster Thomas Arnold, whose son would be the famous poet Matthew Arnold and whose great-grandson would be Aldous Huxley. Foto: Tony Hisgett, CC BY 2.0. This involves region wide transport schemes such as those carried out by Highways England and Network Rail. Aga Rangemaster Group is on the north of Leamington Spa Business Park, and directly south is Wolseley UK; Raicam Clutches (Automotive Products) is south of Wolseley; to the west Grupo Antolin UK make vehicle interiors; on the same estate is Caparo AP Braking, and Delphi Automotive have an electronics centre. Clear up to date Ordnance Survey map background in colour including motorways, primary roads, cities, major towns, and villages. The West Midlands county (902 km 2) is primarily urban. In Fordhouses, along the A449 to the north, are HS Marston (part of the former Hamilton Sundstrand, now UTC Aerospace Systems) makes heat exchangers, Goodrich Actuation Systems (the former Actuation Division of Lucas Aerospace and H. M. Hobson), and a new engine plant for JLR. Bulmers Cider is in Hereford within walking distance of Hereford station; it is the world's largest cider factory, and has the world's largest vat (for Strongbow), built in 1975. Subaru UK and Isuzu UK (IM Group) are sandwiched between the M6 and the M42 (south of junction 8) at the Coleshill Manor Office Campus, west of Coleshill. JCB is based in Staffordshire, near the Alton Towers colossal leisure park; JCB Heavy Products (excavators), and their World Parts Centre are off the A50 in Uttoxeter Rural (Beamhurst). Alstom have their Power and Transport division in the north of Rugby on the A426, where they service steam turbines; on the Swift Valley Ind Estate Premier Foods have their national distribution centre; on the same estate Ball Packaging Europe UK have a main plant (tin cans), and nearby are Morsø UK (wood-burning stoves). These have Labour MPs except for a Conservative MP in Walsall, one in Sandwell, one in Dudley, and one in Wolverhampton (Wolverhampton South West). Much of the Industrial revolution in the United Kingdom began in Birmingham and the Black Country area of West Midlands. In the 2017 general election, South Staffordshire (Gavin Williamson) had the second-highest Conservative vote proportion in the UK – 69.8%. Tyne and Wear | Ditherington Flax Mill in Shrewsbury was the first iron-framed building in the world in 1797. In Redditch are Halfords, on the B4497 to the south in Washford, and GKN (it has the second largest turnover in the West Midlands) is on the A441 in Riverside. The section of the A45 in Coventry from Willenhall to Allesley in 1939 was one of the UK's first ever large planned road schemes; road schemes on that scale had not been previously built, with few large road schemes outside of London, or were piecemeal. Morgan Technical Ceramics is headquartered on the B4195 at Lickhill in Stourport-on-Severn. The West Midlands is one of nine official regions of England at the first level of NUTS for statistical purposes. In the West Midlands region, the following transport authorities have published their LTP online: Herefordshire, Shropshire U.A., Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin U.A., Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire. Electrium (Wylex RCDs, and Crabtree and Volex electrical wiring) is on the A460 next to the M6 toll at Bridgtown. The first self-propelled locomotive to run on rails in 1803 at Coalbrookdale, was built by Richard Trevithick. Numerous notable roads pass through the region, with most converging around the central conurbation. The region, from studies of multiple deprivation, shows similarities with Yorkshire and the Humber, and is more deprived than the neighbouring East Midlands.