Since peaking in 2000 electronics output in the UK has declined sharply falling by an estimated 62% in the period to 2013, the country in comparison with many of its Western European counterparts, being badly affected by the migration of volume production to low cost countries. The industry is heavily orientated towards the production of professional electronic equipment, which accounted for 81% of the industry's output in 2013. Overall, the largest individual categories are communications, control and instrumentation and components.
Electronics output is expected to show a modest decline of 1.7% in 2014, the anticipated strengthening in the second half of the year failing to materialize on back of weaker economic growth in the Eurozone and emerging markets. However, with the economy in Europe and global set to gain momentum during the year electronics production should recover in 2015 and post growth of 1.1% for the year as a whole. Electronics production should then post growth of around 2% annually in the period to 2018. The computer segment is expected to continue to decline throughout the forecast period with the industry centered on industrial and communications, including defence. Component production is expected to remain flat over the forecast period with the sector facing increased competition from Asian manufacturers in commodity products. With IC fabrication principally in the hands of overseas companies the future of UK production will be based on the decision of individual companies.
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Table of Contents
Market Data and Forecasts 2012-2018
Production Data 2012-2015
Methodologies/Guide to Statistics
Control & Instrumentation
Medical & Industrial
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