Manufacturing & Engineering

Manufacturing & Engineering

Making the future

Despite an increasingly competitive global environment, strong domestic demand is boosting production levels across a wide range of manufacturing activities.

Although the manufacturing sector’s share of employment has declined since the late 1970s, production lines are whirring in factories across the UK, giving cause for optimism. Domestic demand lifted factory orders to a four-month high in December 2014, according to the CBI’s Industrial Trends Survey. Investment in new facilities and machinery, research and development, and recruitment, coupled with an increasingly skilled workforce, is creating a solid outlook for UK manufacturers.

Sector at a glance

  • £139 billion – The industry’s contribution to the national economic output
  • 2.6 million people work in manufacturing – 8% of all UK jobs
  • 3,624 – The number of high-growth small businesses in manufacturing in 2013
Hampshire-based manufacturing group Formaplex provides tooling and component solutions to a range of companies.
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The London company's bikes are now available in more than 40 countries.
Wooltex is a textiles company specialising in high-spec performance fabrics, favouring a local supply chain.
Supported by an experienced team, Rigmar services the rig repair, subsea, marine, civil and petrochemical industries.
Market leader Saltire Energy Group supplies state-of-the-art drilling equipment to oil and gas firms across the world.