Thanks to Professor Ahti Salo for the link to these views on the opportunities and challenges for UK manufacturing! It underlines the importance of the manufacturing sector in the UK, which forms over 10% of UK GDP, and over 50% of UK exports, but even more importantly, about 75% of R&D investments, and about 2.5 million jobs.

It also notes that "economies with strong, export led manufacturing sectors typically recover from recessions more quickly than those countries without equivalent sectors".

Read the entire article and get the links to the downloadable reports here:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight/our-work/projects/current-projects/future-of-manufacturing