The UK Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry 2019-2024

The UK Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry 2019-2024
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Despite the successful roll-out of the vaccine in the UK over the first half of the year, the on-going uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 globally will remain throughout 2021 and into 2022. The current global shortage of semiconductors and other components and materials will also remain an issue throughout 2021 and into 2022. As a result, the prospects of a broad recovery are now not expected until the final quarter of 2021 and potentially into the first half of 2022. As a result, we now expect growth in UK EMS revenues to be around 3.0% in 2021, with significant downside risks, but then should accelerate over the period to 2024 and reach £1,250 million at the end of the forecast period.

The UK EMS industry is focused on the aerospace and defence, including security, medical, control & instrumentation, 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.

Within the UK the EMS industry there are around 250 companies with UK manufacturing operations with the Top 5 companies accounting for 24.8% of UK EMS revenues in 2019 and the Top 10 37.7%. Foreign-owned companies hold a major share accounting for, after taking into recent acquisitions, 36% of UK generated EMS revenues in 2019, and accounted for five of the Top 10, including the top 4 and twelve of the Top 30.


This new report is part of Reed Electronics Research’s series of  studies on the European Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry and provides a strategic assessment of the UK EMS industry for the period 2019-2024  and includes:

- EMS revenue forecasts through to 2024 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 30 EMS providers with UK manufacturing facilities.

- Profiles of the leading 46 UK EMS providers.

- A directory of over 240 UK EMS manufacturing facilities. 


Eighth Edition

Publication Date: June 2021

Price: £545 (PDF)

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