Country Report - United Kingdom

Country Report - United Kingdom
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Growth in the UK electronics industry increased by 5.4% in 2017, eased to 3.2% in 2018 before declining by a modest 0.7% in 2019 as demand, in-line with the global economy, weakened in the second half of the year. Apart from control and instrumentation, output fell, albeit sometimes only modestly across all sectors of the industry. Electronics production is forecast to decline by 7.4% in 2020 although significant downside risks are associated with the forecast due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the domestic and global economy in the second half of the year. The computer segment accounted for 7.1% of electronics output in 2019. After a surge in 2017, when production increased by 48.3%, output declined by 3.8% in 2018 and a further more substantial 6.4% in 2019. A decline of 9.0% is expected for 2020 although as highlighted there are significant downside risks to the forecast. Communications and radar, which includes defence related products, accounted for 28.0% of electronics output in 2019, the second largest individual sector. Growth was estimated at 2.4% in 2018 but declined by a modest 0.2% in 2019. Production of radar and navigation equipment accounted for 30.0% of the segment total and 8.4% of overall electronics production in 2019. The production of telecommunications equipment increased by 3.8% in 2017, was flat in 2018 before declining by 1.9% in 2019 as demand weakened in-line with the slowdown in the economy. A further decline of 5.0% is now forecast for 2020 as the pandemic impacts demand. After several years of declining output, the importance of telecommunications production within the UK electronics industry has diminished and by 2023 its share is expected to have fallen to 1.8% down from 10% in 2000. Control and instrumentation represented the largest category accounting with 29.0% of the total in 2019. With the production of medical and industrial also significant – medical accounted for 9.5% in 2019 and industrial 6.5% - the three categories which make up the broader industrial segmented accounted for 45.0% of output during the year. The industrial sector, despite the short-term impact of COVID-19, will be a key driver for the UK electronics industry and is structured around a large number of small and medium-sized companies which are supported by a relatively small number of larger UK and foreign multinational. Components accounted for 17.6% of electronics output in 2019. After benefited from increased production to offset the global shortage in components in 2017 and 2018 output declined by 2.7% in 2019 as demand weakened in the second half of the year. Following declining output in 2020 as the impact of COVID-19 reduces demand across the majority of end-markets production is forecast to gradually recover with low single-digit growth over the period to 2023.


Table of Contents

Economic Overview
Industry Structure
Production Data 2017-2020
Market Data 2017-2023
Methodologies/Guide to Statistics

Product Coverage

Office Equipment
Control & Instrumentation
Medical & Industrial
Radio Communications
Passive Components
Other Components

The UK Electronics Industry Report provides essential market intelligence for all sizes of company from small enterprises to major global groups and for financial/management consultancies, government agencies and academia requiring a reliable overview of the electronics industry in the UK.

Last Update: May 2020


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