After modest growth of 0.3% in 2016 output in the UK electronics industry rebounded in 2017 and posted growth of 5.7%. The increase was led by a resurgence in computer production as well as gains across the industrial, telecommunication and components segments. This was offset by a modest decline in the largest sector communications and radar. Growth eased to 1.5% in 2018 on the back of uncertainties surrounding “Brexit” and is expected to decline by 0.7% in 2019, this despite a build-up of inventories in the run-up to the original 29th March deadline. The computer segment accounted for 8.1% of electronics output in 2017.
After declining by 17.4% in 2016 output increased by 48.3% in 2017 and by an estimated 2.8% in 2018. A decline of 2.0% is forecast for 2019. Communications and radar, which includes defence related products, accounted for 29.2% of electronics output in 2017 and despite a modest decline of 1.0% remained the largest individual sector. Growth was estimated at 0.8% in 2018 but is forecast to decline by 1.0% in 2019. Production of radar and navigation equipment accounted for 30.8% of the segment total and 9.0% of overall electronics production in 2017.
The production of telecommunications equipment, which had declined by 5.5% in 2016, increased by 3.8% in 2017 however output is expected to edge down in both 2018 and 2019 before stabilising. Control and instrumentation represented the second largest category accounting with 27.6% of the total in 2017. With the production of medical and industrial also significant – medical accounted for 7.7% in 2017 and industrial 6.9% - the three categories which make up the broader industrial segmented accounted for 42.2% of output during the year.
The industrial sector will be a key driver for the UK electronics industry and is structured around a large number of small and medium-sized companies which are supported by a relatively small number of larger UK and foreign multinational. Components accounted for 18.0% of electronics output in 2017 and in 2017 and 2018 benefited from increased production to offset the global shortage in components.
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