Materials for manufacturing: safeguarding supply

PUBLISHED 07 Sep 2014, 1:24


How we obtain, use and reuse the materials that flow and circulate within the economy matters to manufacturing. Materials and resources are the lifeblood of the sector and account for around 40% of manufacturers’ costs.

Over recent years, UK manufacturers have highlighted that high and volatile material prices and security of supply pose a threat to growth.

In this report, we set out key trends that look to shape material supply over the next twenty years, explore how China, Germany, US, Japan and South Korea are responding and consider how this can inform a UK strategy to improve resilience to future material supply risk.

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