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EMS revenues in the UK declined for the second consecutive year in 2013. A weaker than initially envisaged final quarter of the year combined with the transfer of production for a volume customer at Jabil’s manufacturing plant in Scotland, pushing down revenues for the year as a whole. In 2014 the trends in the market have followed a similar pattern to 2013 with the outlook for the year as a whole being downgraded as demand weakened in the final months of the year.
As a result overall revenues in 2014 are forecast to decline by 5% but are forecast to post a modest recovery in 2015 with growth gaining momentum in the second half of the year. Growth in the UK EMS industry should then gain some traction and post low single-digit growth over the forecast period. Pressure on prices as OEMs look to drive down costs will act as a drag on growth over the period to 2018. The prospects of lower demand in the first half of 2015, on the back of a weaker than expected global economy and an escalation of the on-going problems in the Eurozone, could lower the forecast for the year as a whole and push back the recovery into the final months of the year and into
In a West European context, the UK is the second largest market behind Germany in 2013 with a 13.7% share of EMS revenues while for Europe as a whole the country accounted for 5.8%. The UK EMS industry has continued to benefit from the move to re-shore production back from Asia, a trend which is expected to continue. Despite
this, the requirement for a lower cost European manufacturing option for the larger UK EMS companies, whether it be through the company’s own plant or partner, is expected to be a growing trend over the period to 2018. Although the trend is to re-shore production for many products companies will also continue to look at utilising plants in Asia.
In our analysis of the UK EMS industry we have 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. Outside of acquisition competition from the larger European and global EMS providers is expected to intensify. With greater resources, including access to financing to fund growth, in particular in the early stages of new
programmes, the companies are in the position to target the larger UK customers.
Although there have been a number of casualties in general the companies have been resilient to the difficult operating environment which impacted the industry both at the end of 2008/2009 and again between 2012 and 2014. 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 2018 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 46 UK EMS providers.
- A directory of some 240 UK EMS manufacturing facilities.
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