Manufacturing sector performance tracker

To be able to provide the best possible service to our manufacturing clients, we need to understand the health of the sector that they operate in. Through the UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), we monitor key industry metrics such as new order numbers, inventory levels, production levels, supplier deliveries, and employment rates. We regularly share our thoughts on the performance of the manufacturing industry with our clients, providing up to date analysis on the latest available data and predictions as to the future prosperity of the industry.  This information enables our clients to regularly benchmark their own performance against industry averages and helps us to further understand the challenges impacting them.

Understanding the Purchasing Managers Index

A PMI reading over 50 indicates growth or expansion of the UK manufacturing sector as compared to the previous month, while a reading under 50 suggests contraction.  


Will Government step in to help manufacturers navigate headwinds?

05 October 2021

Current headwinds, including supply chain disruption, material shortages, resource pressure and the most recent fuel crisis, have yet again hit the latest CIPS manufacturing PMI.

No manufacturers will be immune from supply chain disruption in 2021

06 September 2021

Supply chain disruption, material shortages and resource pressure hit the latest CIPS manufacturing PMI with another monthly fall from 60.4 in July, to a five-month low of 60.3 in August.

Supply chain issues and pingdemic compound manufacturing woes

03 August 2021

It’s not surprising to see a dip in the latest CIPS manufacturing PMI from 63.9 in June to 60.4 in July as supply chain issues across the sector and increased self-isolation for staff compound the challenges that manufacturers currently face.

Good conditions remain for manufacturers despite supply chain problems

02 July 2021

We expected to see a continuation of the strong growth we have seen in recent months in the latest CIPS Manufacturing PMI. The slight dip on the previous record month of 65.6 to 63.9 indicates that good conditions remain, and that consumer spending is driving activity. This trend is likely to continue until international travel restrictions are lifted and competition on pent up consumer savings increases.

UK CIPS Manufacturing PMI reaches record high of 65.6

02 June 2021

It’s great to see another increase in the latest CIPS Manufacturing PMI to a record high of 65.6 from 60.9; and reinforces the important role that UK manufacturing will play in the economic recovery this year.

Despite uncertainty, the UK is open for manufacturers

09 April 2021

Despite uncertainty and supply chain pressures, the latest CIPS Manufacturing PMI shows significant improvement increasing to a decade-high of 58.9 from 55.1.

Despite uncertainty, manufacturers need to invest in the future now

01 March 2021


After hitting a three-month low at the start of the year, the latest CIPS Manufacturing PMI signals slight improvement for manufacturers moving to 55.1 from 54.1.

Manufacturing takes a Brexit dip

01 February 2021

After a strong come back in the second half of last year following the unprecedented shock of the Covid-19 pandemic, manufacturers are now feeling the impact of Brexit and Lockdown 3.0.

Manufacturing PMI for October shows expansion for fifth consecutive month.

03 November 2020

The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI ended at 53.7 in October 2020, from a preliminary estimate of 53.3 and compared to September's final reading of 54.1.