Last reviewed: 15 Sep 2017

UK manufacturers provide Britain’s link to the world, our future source of income and supports higher living standards. Our 2017/18 UK manufacturing fact card shows that the sector continues to pay well, innovate and export. The sector has also continued our climb up the rankings of global producers moving from 9th to 8th in the latest statistics.

4 things to know about UK manufacturing:

  • Manufactured exports are up, driven by a global upswing in demand and some support from a weaker Sterling
  • EU markets still dominate for exports, accounting for 48% of manufactured exports in 2017q2
  • The public are ambitious for the sector, with 70% of UK adults saying Britain should aim to be a top five manufacturing nation
  • Manufacturing is set for change, with industry gearing up for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)

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EEF Manufacturing Factcard 2017/18

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