From crisis to growth – UK Manufacturing outsmarts the recession

The UK manufacturing industry has outsmarted the recession and the stock market by stripping back to basics and re-inventing itself.

As other sectors, including the financial sector, struggle to ride the ongoing recession, UK Manufacturing Plc’s share price index has trebled since 2009, and it has also outperformed the PMI manufacturing data for 2012 to date.

Our short report also shows that a quarter of all acquisitions made by the firms analysed were in emerging markets last year, hinting at future trends for growth. During recessions, we also found that companies tend to focus on eight key areas to survive including scenario planning, supply chains, research and development (R&D) and focussing much more on the customer.