The UK Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry 2014-2019

The UK Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry 2014-2019
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EMS revenues in the UK declined by 9.2% in 2014, the market impacted in part by the on-going weakness from the defence and security sector and more importantly the completion of the transfer of production for a volume customer at Jabil’s manufacturing plant in Scotland. 

A more subdued UK and global economy and weakening demand from the emerging markets had a dampening effect on EMS revenues in 2015 with the market estimated to be flat for the year as a whole. For 2016, uncertainty surrounding the UK’s potential exit from the EU is expected to have a negative impact on investment in the first half of the year. As a result, the outlook for growth has been downgraded for the year as a whole and assuming that the result of the EU referendum in June 2016 does not lead to a major shock to the UK economy growth should gain some momentum in the later part of the year and into 2017, led by increased spending on defence and security globally, and then gain traction over the period to 2019. Pressure on prices as OEMs look to drive down costs will act as a drag on growth over the period to 2019.

The UK EMS industry is focused on the aerospace and defence, medical, control & instrumentation, automotive, industrial, energy, including renewable, cleantech and transportation industries. For EMS companies these sectors will provide significant opportunities. They are highly fragmented with few large volume manufactures and a large number of small and medium sized companies often working in niche markets. Their demand is centred on high mix, low to medium volume production that can be supported, certainly in the industrialisation stage but often through the complete product life cycle, by UK manufacturing. To achieve this however, EMS companies will need to invest in the latest technologies to remain competitive.

The analysis of the UK EMS industry has identified around 232 companies operating some 241 manufacturing facilities and estimate that the actual number of companies is around 250. This excludes companies where their primary focus is on aftermarket services or reverse logistics.

Highlighting the large number of companies the Top 10 accounted for 31% of revenues in 2014. This compared to around 80% in France, 45% in Germany and 55% in the Nordic Countries. In 2014, TT Electronics accounted for 4.7% of the market marginally ahead of Plexus.


This new report, a part of Reed Electronics Research’s series of  studies on the European Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry provides a strategic assessment of the UK EMS industry for the period 2013-2018  and includes:

- EMS revenue forecasts through to 2019 for the UK and summary data for Europe.

- An overview of the key markets and drivers for the UK EMS  industry.

- A ranking of the Top 40 EMS providers with UK manufacturing facilities.

- Profiles of the leading 49 UK EMS providers.

- A directory of some 240 UK EMS manufacturing facilities. 


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Publication Date: May 2016

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