WEF releases global manufacturing index

By Sophie Chapman
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its report ranking countries in global manufacturing positions. In the ‘Readiness for the future of produ...

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its report ranking countries in global manufacturing positions.

In the ‘Readiness for the future of production report’, Japan was awarded the top spot, due to its structure of production.

The Geneva-based company then rated South Korea second, followed by Germany, Switzerland, China, Czech Republic, the US, Sweden, Austria, and then Ireland.

India was ranked 30th, ahead of fellow BRICS nations, such as Russia who ranked 35th, Brazil’s spot at 41, and South Africa at 45.

“Home to the second-largest population in the world and one of the fastest growing economies, the demand for Indian manufactured products is rising,” stated WEF.

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“India has room for improvement across the drivers of production, except for demand environment where is ranks in the top 5.”

The report focuses on the development of modern industrial strategies and places the analysed countries into fur groups; Leading (strong current base, great future potential), High Potential (limited current base, great future potential), Legacy (strong current base, potential risk in future), and Nascent (limited current base, limited future potential).

India features in the legacy group, along with Hungary, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey.

China is considered a Leading Country, whilst Brazil and South Africa are considered Nascent.

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