UK Manufacturing Statistics

Manufacturing contributes £6.7tr to the global economy. Contrary to common belief, UK manufacturing is strong with the UK currently the 11th largest manufacturing nation in the world. Manufacturing makes up 11% of UK GVA and 54% of UK exports and directly employs 2.6 million people.

- Article Courtesy of The Manufacturer: http://www.themanufacturer.com/uk-manufacturing-statistics/

Despite the decline since the 1970s, when manufacturing contributed 25% of UK GDP, the UK ranks second globally in aerospace manufacturing. In the half-year from January to June 2014, the UK-based car industry had its best year in new car sales in 9 years. 1.28 million new cars were sold during the period, a rise of 10% compared to the same period in 2013. While the chemical and pharmaceutical industries add £20m per day to the UK balance of trade. Underpinning these important statistics is an average annual productivity increase of 3.6% - two and a half times greater than the UK economy as a whole.

While the contribution of manufacturing to GDP has declined on paper, many of the services provided to manufacturers which would have once been considered part of manufacturing, such as catering, cleaning, building services, security etc, are now allocated into different areas of the economy. However, those contributions are directly reliant on manufacturing for continued business and could actually be considered as a part of manufacturing's GDP input.

Countries by Manufacturing output using the most recent known data thanks to The World Bank and Wikipedia.

Countries by Manufacturing output using the most recent known data thanks to The World Bank and Wikipedia.

UK Balance of Trade

United Kingdom balance of trade June 2014.

United Kingdom balance of trade June 2014.

EEF Factcard 2012

UK Manufacturing 2014 - The Facts

Every two years manufacturers' organisation EEF publishes a fact card covering manufacturing GVA, employment, the % of manufacturing in the region's economies, Britain's place in the global manufacturing league table, R&D spending and more.

Here is the 2014 fact card, courtesy of EEF

 

STATISTICS BY SECTOR

 

Beth Pickering, Airbus in the UK, Broughton

British Aerospace Industry

100,000+ direct jobs in UK Aerospace

ADS has over 850 members (from SMEs to globals)

Annual earnings = £24.2bn

Revenue: £12.4bn

75% of turnover to export markets

17% global market share

 

British Automotive Industry

A worker at the Jaguar Land Rover plant helps put together a Range Rover Evoque.

A worker at the Jaguar Land Rover plant helps put together a Range Rover Evoque.

More than 550 UK members of SMMT

£6bn investment in past two years

2.6 million cars registered in the UK 2013

Two out of the top 10 selling cars for 2013, the Vauxhall Astra (4th) and the Nissan Qashqai (6th), are made in the UK, while the Ford Fiesta was the UK's best selling car.

1.58m vehicles (81% exported) and 2.5m engines (62% exported) made in the UK last year

2,350 automotive suppliers in UK, employing 82,000 people

Typically £55bn annual turnover

£27bn revenue in 2011

720,000 employed across automotive industry, 140,000 directly employed in manufacturing

More than 75,000 young people employed as apprentices over the last 5 years. 18,000 in automotive retail at any one time

 

The Baker Hughes Eco-Centre facility can process in excess of 30,000 tonnes (33,000 tons) of drill cuttings and 14,000 cubic meters (3.7 million gallons) of liquid waste, or slops, annually.

The Baker Hughes Eco-Centre facility can process in excess of 30,000 tonnes (33,000 tons) of drill cuttings and 14,000 cubic meters (3.7 million gallons) of liquid waste, or slops, annually.

British Chemical Industry

£60bn revenue in 2012

600,000 people are currently employed in the industry

Represents 15% of UK manufacturing GVA

Has an average employee cost of £42,000 per head

Added £20m to the UK balance of trade every day for the last twenty years

(Information courtesy of http://www.cia.org.uk)

 

Spiral Construction are the UK's leading manufacturer of spiral and helical staircases and have been nominated by Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives

Spiral Construction are the UK's leading manufacturer of spiral and helical staircases and have been nominated by Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives

British Construction Industry

1 in 14 of the UK workforce is employed in construction - nearly 2 million people

Provides 88,000 new job opportunities yearly

Employs just under 200,000 women in the sector

More than 35% of construction employees run their own companies

More than a quarter of employers have recruited a school leaver in the last 2-3 years

Nearly 50% of employers in the building services engineering industry take part in the modern apprenticeship scheme

 

BAE Systems Ambush submarine.

British Defence Industry

£35bn annual UK turnover

The UK is the world's second biggest defence exporter behind the US

Employs 300,000 overall in the UK

9,000 defence companies including small businesses exist in the UK

BAE Systems - the UK's largest defence company - currently employs 40,000 domestically

10% of UK manufacturing is made up by defence

 

British firm to make world's largest all-electric pipe bender

A British firm has made the world's largest all-electric pipe bender.

British Electronics Industry

Worth £78bn a year

Is the world's fifth largest in terms of production

Employs over 850,000 people

This makes up 2.9% of the UK's workforce

In semiconductors, almost 80% of the activity comes from foreign direct investment

The UK is home to 40% of Europe's semiconductor design houses

 

Cadbury, food, drink, biscuits, wales

Cadbury Fingers in production.

British Food & Drink Industry

Turnover of £76bn in 2012, the UK's largest manufacturing sector

Accounts for 15% of all UK manufacturing GVA

Employs 400,000 workers domestically, 15% of manufacturing workforce

Exports over £12bn of food and non-alcoholic drink products a year, 77% of which go to the EU

Invested over £1bn in to R&D in 2011, resulting in over 8,500 new products

Businesses have reduced rate of injuries by over 50% over the last 20 years

(Information courtesy of http://www.fdf.org.uk)

 

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hammers a nail into a piece of furniture during a visit to The Chesterfield Company in Salford. (PA)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hammers a nail into a piece of furniture during a visit to The Chesterfield Company in Salford.

British Furniture Industry

Over 100,000 employees within the trade

UK market set to surpass £15bn by 2018

£10.73bn revenue in 2012

7.5% of overall furniture sales are made online, a figure which is increasing

Living room furniture dominates the market share by as much as 90%

(Information courtesy of The Chesterfield Company)

 

The ECO Plastics sorting facility.

British Plastics Industry

7,500 companies in the sector

£19bn turnover

Exports valued at £6.7bn

35% of manufactured plastics products exported

Employs 180,000 people

2.5m tonnes of plastics materials produced annually

(Information courtesy of http://www.bpf.co.uk)

 

 

Man of Steel sculpture

An artist's impression of Man of Steel sculpture, South Yorkshire

British Steel Industry

Contributed £2.9bn to the UK balance of trade in 2011

More waste steel is recovered in the UK and recycled than all other materials combined

Each tonne of scrap recycled by the industry saves 1.9 tonnes of iron ore and 0.6 tonnes of coal

(Stats courtesy of http://www.scrib.org.uk)

 

(l-r) Ashley Wild, Joanne Williamson, Stewart McGuffie (Allied Textiles' chief executive) and Steven McGawn.

(l-r) Ashley Wild, Joanne Williamson, Stewart McGuffie (Allied Textiles' chief executive) and Steven McGawn.

British Textile Industry

Comprises over 79,000 businesses, employing over 340,000 people

Gross value added for the sector in the UK is estimated at over £11.5 billion, with GVA per head measured at an average of £34,220

 

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