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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

  1. Future of manufacturing: a new era of opportunity and challenge for the UK

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis

Supporting evidence

  1. Future manufacturing: international perspectives

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  2. Future manufacturing: impact of government policies since 1945

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  3. Future manufacturing: competitiveness and evolving geography

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  4. Future manufacturing: international industrial policy - lessons for the UK

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  5. Future manufacturing: legal framework

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  6. Future manufacturing: technology trends

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  7. Future manufacturing: foreign direct investment trends

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  8. Future manufacturing: capital investment trends

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  9. Future manufacturing: high-value manufacturing - implications for employment

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  10. Future manufacturing: new and advanced materials

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  11. Future manufacturing: role of energy

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  12. Future manufacturing: importance of intellectual property

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  13. Future manufacturing: German manufacturing sector - overview

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  14. Future manufacturing: macro-economic trends

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  15. Future manufacturing: role of leadership

    • 11 April 2014
    • Research and analysis
  16. Future manufacturing: investment in innovation

    • 20 February 2014
    • Research and analysis
  17. Future manufacturing: constraints on UK exporters

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  18. Future manufacturing: knowledge sources

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  19. Future manufacturing: public image of manufacturing in the UK

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  20. Future manufacturing: infrastructure

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  21. Future manufacturing: best practice and UK productivity

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  22. Future manufacturing: implications of an ageing society

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  23. Future manufacturing: micro-economic trends

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  24. Future manufacturing: role of government procurement

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  25. Future manufacturing: winning markets for UK exports

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  26. Future manufacturing: international analyses

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  27. Future manufacturing: materials security

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  28. Future manufacturing: contribution to UK resilience

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  29. Future manufacturing: factory of the future

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  30. Future manufacturing: UK balance of payments - update

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  31. Future manufacturing: de-industrialisation and the balance of payments

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  32. Future manufacturing: re-industrialisation

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  33. Future manufacturing: business models for emerging sectors

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  34. Future manufacturing: role of BRIC countries

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  35. Future manufacturing: sustainability

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  36. Future manufacturing: UK workforce needs

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  37. Future manufacturing: industrial policy

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis

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