Manufacturing & engineering
Made to last
Investment in new technologies, from 3D printing and robotics to nano-technology, is enhancing the manufacturing sector.
The value of Britain’s manufacturing and engineering sectors to the UK economy are often underestimated. While many news headlines focus on headwinds facing the industry, the facts might surprise you.
Engineering businesses employ 5.4 million workers, or 19.3% of all people employed by UK companies, and produce a collective turnover of £1.17trn. This represents a quarter of the turnover of all UK enterprises.
Sector at a glance
- £27.3 billion – The amount of business investment in manufacturing in 2014
- 11th – The UK's position among the world's manufacturing nations
- 54% – The proportion of UK exports accounted for by manufacturing