EEF and Santander launch 2016 manufacturing facts & figures

British manufacturing continued its climb up the global rankings as the UK continues to enjoy an industrial renaissance, according to facts and figures published today by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and Santander.

Launching the 2016 manufacturing fact card, the data shows that Britain is now the 9th largest industrial nation with an annual output worth $247 billion(1). This accounts for some 10% of Gross Value Added for the UK economy, whilst manufacturing accounts for 14% of business investment and 68% of Business R&D.

This positive picture is reflected in data on employment and earnings where, according to the OECD, UK manufacturers have outperformed any country except the United States for job creation since 2010, whilst since 2013 average earnings have risen by 3%, twice the rate of the economy overall.

In contrast to common perception manufacturing also offers high value, well-paid jobs, with average earnings of £31, 489 per annum compared to £27,607 for the whole economy.

The picture of what constitutes modern manufacturing is reflected in the sectoral contribution to output and focus on innovation. The largest individual sector is food and drink (17%) whilst the chemicals and pharmaceuticals and transport sectors both account for 14% of output each. Chemicals and pharmaceuticals is also by some distance the largest individual sector driving innovation, spending over a third of the total annual manufacturing R&D.

The changing picture of modern manufacturing is also reflected in the regional picture with London and the South East the biggest manufacturing region, producing almost £28bn output. The more traditional powerhouses of the North West (£23.7bn), West and East Midlands (both £16.4bn each) remain significant contributors, however, being particularly strong in the Aerospace and Automotive sectors.

Commenting, Lee Hopley, Chief Economist of EEF said: “Given the importance of manufacturing to the economy it’s vital that we educate all stakeholders about its real value and contribution to growth. This is especially important in a post-Brexit world where we have to look at possibly new, and every, avenues of generating growth and investment.”

Commenting, Charles Garfit, Head of Manufacturing, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “It is great news that the UK has re-entered the top ten manufacturing nations. It is interesting to see that there has been growth in the non-traditional sectors and regions showing the increasing importance that manufacturing has across the country. However, to build momentum on this renewed optimism manufacturing businesses in the UK must look at the opportunities beyond our own borders to extend their growth potential.”

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EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales. This year we celebrate 120 years of backing Britain’s makers.

Collectively we represent 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. We directly represent over 5,000 businesses who are members of EEF. Everything we do – from providing essential business support and training to championing manufacturing industry in the UK and the EU – is designed to help British manufacturers compete, innovate and grow.

From HR and employment law, health and safety to environmental and productivity improvement, our advice, expertise and influence enables businesses to remain safe, compliant and future-focused.

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About Santander
Santander UK
is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 30 June 2016, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 847 branches (which includes 58 university branches) and 69 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

Banco Santander (SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and among the top banks on a global basis. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.52 trillion in managed funds, 12,500 branches and 190,000 employees at the close of June 2016. In the first half of 2016, Santander made underlying profit of EUR 3,280 million.

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