Top 10 Manufacturing Countries

The newest data from the UN confirms most of the recent trends in manufacturing output – most notably that China continues to grow dramatically. The data also shows a stagnation in USA manufacturing output over the last several years, though the USA remains by far the largest manufacturer. The most significant news from this latest data, I believe, is that that manufacturing output growth in the USA has been slower than global manufacturing output growth from 2002-2005. This was not the case prior to 2002. I will be writing more on this data in the Curious Cat Investing and Economics Blog. UN Data, in billions of current US dollars:

Country 1990 1995 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
USA 1,040 1,289 1,543 1,460 1,471 1,488 1,545 1,493
Japan 809 1,217 1,033 857 807 886 962 964
China 143 299 484 527 573 664 788 895
Germany 437 517 392 389 407 490 566 594
United Kingdom 207 221 230 218 222 239 283 no data
Italy 240 226 206 205 218 259 295 291
France 200 233 190 185 192 228 256 253
Korea 200 233 190 185 192 228 256 253
Canada 92 100 129 119 120 149 170 196
Brazil 117 149 120 102 95 109 130 171
Spain 108 107 98 100 108 134 153 160
Mexico

50 55 107 110 111 104 111 122
Russia 201 104 73 77 54 64 92 117
India 50 60 67 68 72 84 100 116


This year the UN provided data separating out manufacturing from mining and utilities so the data above is just for manufacturing (last year included all 3 categories together, see: Global Manufacturing Data by Country. The tables includes the top 14 countries since I thought the data on those four countries were also interesting. This data cannot be seen as perfectly accurate. There is a fair amount of error within the data, still it provides a useful view of global manufacturing activity.

Related: Manufacturing Value Added Economic Data by CountryWorldwide manufacturing job dataManufacturing Data: What Does it MeanManufacturing in Asiaarticle on the practice of lean manufacturingNew Look American ManufacturingHopeful About India’s Manufacturing SectorManufacturing JobsManufacturing is Cool

7 thoughts on “Top 10 Manufacturing Countries

  1. Hey John,

    I guess there is no prize for guessing where all those manufacturing capacity went to right? 🙂

    From the data, it looks like India is still underutilized. My guess is that that they will become the next manufacturing haven in the years to come.

    Cheers
    James

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