Here’s some good news. According to Qimtek’s data in this article from Zenoot, the UK contract and subcontract manufacturing sector enjoyed a 24% increase on the previous quarter. I think you would have to say that’s somewhat impressive. So what is driving this success?

Well there is something rather interesting behind this. Even though growth in contract electronics manufacturing was relatively modest, demand from the electronics industry drove an increase in fabrication and sheet metal work up an amazing 50%. 

This might make you think how complex and sophisticated the supply chain is these days. In the overall picture, electronics and metalwork are closely linked. Whilst we might be used to electronic components going out onto longer lead times, capacity at fabrication plants might not have been such a worry before. It goes to show that when it comes to manufacturing service providers, the key skills in managing the supply chain - be that raw materials, component parts or sub-assemblies – is just as important as the capability to create or assemble the product.