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2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index

The ongoing influence manufacturing has on driving global economies

This report is based on findings of an in-depth analysis of survey responses from over 500 CEOs and senior leaders at manufacturing companies globally. The study identifies rankings by country, as well as the top drivers of global manufacturing competitiveness.

In this year’s study, CEO survey respondents were asked to rank nations in terms of the current and future manufacturing competitiveness, and a number of significant findings arose, including:

• The United States is projected to take the number one spot by the end of the decade, improving its ranking from fourth in 2010 to second in this year’s study

• The “Mighty Five” (Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam) start to show face as a manufacturing power group

• BRIC crumbles as member nations’ individual ratings shuffle 

• North America and Asia Pacific become regional clusters of strength

The study also looks at rankings of 12 global drivers shaping the manufacturing competitiveness of nations, and it explores the impact technology-intensive sectors appear to have on achieving or sustaining manufacturing competitiveness.

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