Research and analysis

Manufacturing metrics review

This review looks at data gathering and measurement of modern manufacturing, and how it may be improved in future.


Manufacturing metrics review report

Annex C: ONS manufacturing sources

Annex D: Value chains, GDP and the size of manufacturing

Annex E: Value chain methodology

Annex F: Further thresholds

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The manufacturing metrics review was commissioned by BIS in autumn 2014. The independent expert group that conducted the review was asked to:

  • identify opportunities to better explain the performance and contribution of UK manufacturing activity
  • identify gaps in current metrics and the implications of not addressing them
  • develop proposals that could lead to the trialling and introduction of new or additional metrics

The group’s report has developed a number of proposals on which we would welcome views. These include:

  • new representations of the manufacturing value chain
  • opportunities to make better use of existing national data to improve understanding of modern manufacturing activity and business models
  • potential of data analytics to provide new insights into modern manufacturing activity


Any comments on the report’s findings should be sent to by Friday 1 April 2016.

Published 24 February 2016