Policy paper

High-value manufacturing strategy 2012 to 2015

Our strategy to ensure that high-value manufacturing has a major role in accelerating UK economic growth.


High-value manufacturing strategy 2012-15

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High-value manufacturing (HVM) ranges from R&D to recycling. Related products, processes and services accounted for 35% of all UK exports in 2010. That contributed £151 billion to the UK balance of payments.

We have identified five areas where innovation in HVM can generate further wealth across many sectors:

  • resource efficiency
  • manufacturing systems
  • integration of new materials with manufacturing technologies
  • manufacturing processes
  • new business models

Our strategy is to:

  • double our direct investment in HVM innovation to around £50 million a year
  • concentrate investment on technologies and sectors where the UK can benefit in large global markets
  • make our investment choices using a set of 22 manufacturing competencies
  • invest in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • provide open access to shared knowledge
Published 21 October 2014