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Future of manufacturing

Foresight project looking at the long-term picture for the UK manufacturing sector between now and 2050.

The manufacturing sector makes significant contributions to the economy, accounting for over 10% of the UK’s gross value and employing around 2.5 million people. It accounts for more than half of the UK’s exports (53%) and around 3 quarters of business research and development (72%).

This project looked at the long-term picture for the UK manufacturing sector up to 2050, investigating global trends and drivers of change. It explored how the UK could maximise these opportunities and developed an evidence base to help policy-makers prepare for the challenges ahead.

Future of manufacturing

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The project involved some 300 industry and academic experts, business leaders and stakeholders, from 25 countries. It was guided by a multi-disciplinary lead expert group and a high-level stakeholder group to ensure it included the most relevant evidence and its findings were of a high technical and scientific standard.

The project was sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Project report

Supporting evidence

  1. Future manufacturing: international perspectives
  2. Future manufacturing: impact of government policies since 1945
  3. Future manufacturing: competitiveness and evolving geography
  4. Future manufacturing: international industrial policy - lessons for the UK
  5. Future manufacturing: legal framework
  6. Future manufacturing: technology trends
  7. Future manufacturing: foreign direct investment trends
  8. Future manufacturing: capital investment trends
  9. Future manufacturing: high-value manufacturing - implications for employment
  10. Future manufacturing: new and advanced materials
  11. Future manufacturing: role of energy
  12. Future manufacturing: importance of intellectual property
  13. Future manufacturing: German manufacturing sector - overview
  14. Future manufacturing: macro-economic trends
  15. Future manufacturing: role of leadership
  16. Future manufacturing: investment in innovation
  17. Future manufacturing: constraints on UK exporters
  18. Future manufacturing: knowledge sources
  19. Future manufacturing: public image of manufacturing in the UK
  20. Future manufacturing: infrastructure
  21. Future manufacturing: best practice and UK productivity
  22. Future manufacturing: implications of an ageing society
  23. Future manufacturing: micro-economic trends
  24. Future manufacturing: role of government procurement
  25. Future manufacturing: winning markets for UK exports
  26. Future manufacturing: international analyses
  27. Future manufacturing: materials security
  28. Future manufacturing: contribution to UK resilience
  29. Future manufacturing: factory of the future
  30. Future manufacturing: UK balance of payments - update
  31. Future manufacturing: de-industrialisation and the balance of payments
  32. Future manufacturing: re-industrialisation
  33. Future manufacturing: business models for emerging sectors
  34. Future manufacturing: role of BRIC countries
  35. Future manufacturing: sustainability
  36. Future manufacturing: UK workforce needs
  37. Future manufacturing: industrial policy

Announcements

Published 30 October 2013
Last updated 11 April 2014 + show all updates
  1. 'Future manufacturing: role of leadership' added to supporting evidence.
  2. First published.