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The relative share of manufacturing in the UK economy has declined markedly in recent decades, from 30% in the early 1970s to 10% in 2013.  This trend has been accompanied with the loss of manufacturing facilities, capacity, capabilities and jobs. Of late, the UK has increasingly specialised in higher-technology manufacturing industries such as aerospace and pharmaceuticals.

Of late there have been calls to rebalance the UK economy, and to give greater emphasis to manufacturing.  The predominant policy response has been the Government’s Industrial Strategy, developed from 2011 onwards, along with the Foresight Future of Manufacturing Project.  The Government’s Industrial strategy focuses on five themes of strong relevance to the manufacturing sector including sector partnerships, technologies, skills, access to finance and procurement.

The Future of Manufacturing: A New Era of Opportunity and Challenge for the UK

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A Landscape for the Future of High Value Manufacturing in the UK

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