Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Abrasive Product Manufacturing industry produces abrasives for a range of applications from sanding to sawing. Subdued economic conditions and stagnant construction and manufacturing activity until 2012-13 negatively affected demand for industry products. Since then, industry revenue growth has been supported by robust demand from growing motor vehicle manufacturing and construction activity. This has been the result of strengthening economic conditions and government led initiatives such as the Help to Buy Scheme for first-time homebuyers and the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative. Despite these positive trends, the industry has remained dogged by fluctuating foreign exchange conditions, volatile input costs and high import competition... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The industry's geographic spread broadly reflects distribution of major UK manufacturing centres. Manufacturing facilities are typically located close to port, rail or road links to facilitate raw material intakes and the distribution of finished goods.
The West and East Midlands
Activity is concentrated in the key manufacturing regions of the West and East Midlands. The two regions account for 25% and 8.3% of industry establishments respectively. The midlands are traditionally a major location for motor vehicle manufacturing, an important downstream industry for abrasive product manufacturers.
The South East
The South East, another important manufacturing region, also accounts for a substantial share of abrasives output, with 16.7% o.. purchase to read more