UK Manufacturing: Top Ten Facts

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The UK is the world's 11th largest manufacturing nation.

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Manufacturing accounts for nearly half of UK exports.

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UK Manufacturing employs nearly 2.6million people - and employment in manufacturing has risen for four consecutive quarters.

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Output in the other transport sector has grown every year for the last decade.

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Manufacturing accounts for 72% of R&D expenditure by UK businesses.

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Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship starts have more than doubled in the past ten years.

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The average wage in manufacturing is 15% higher than the average for the whole economy.

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Around 80% of UK produced motor vehicles are exported. Only 45% of UK exports are to EU countries, compared with 70-90% for Italy, France and Spain.

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In the last decade UK exports to the BRICs grew by an average of 18% per year.

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In the last decade manufacturing productivity increased an average of 3.6% per year, compared with 1.5% across the economy as a whole.

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