Manufacturing industry is still substantially located in the Midlands, the North of England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) regional accounts, published this week.
The biggest concentration of manufacturing is in the West Midlands, where it represents 31% of GDP compared to 11% in Greater London.
From 1993 to 1996 manufacturing’s share of GDP increased in the Midlands, but fell in London.
Scotland and Northern Ireland have experienced a long-term decline in manufacturing, but both had a slight rise between 1993 and 1996 to remain around the UK average.
The Government has changed its regional boundaries to fit the new regional development agencies (RDAs) which come into force on 1 April. Data is available for GDP per head for the new regions, but not yet by sector.
Meanwhile, turnover in the machine tools industry rose slightly at the start of the year. In the three months to January, turnover was up 6.4% on the previous three months, still down on the same period a year before.
Orders on hand declined to an estimated £465.3m, 28.4% lower than in January 1998.