Manufacturing Sector Maintains Growth Trajectory, Despite Continued Political and Economic Uncertainty

Austin, TX November 05, 2019

Epicor unveils results of 2019 Global Growth Index

  • “The information in the Global Growth Index empowers businesses so they can make strategic plans that will best position them for the future.”
  • - Steve Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Epicor

Manufacturing business growth has continued to rise over the past year, but at a much slower rate than the previous 12 months. Despite political uncertainty and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining skilled staff, there has been a marginal one percent rise1 in the number of businesses reporting growth. These findings are survey results unveiled today from the annual Global Growth Index by Epicor Software Corporation—a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth.

Political volatility and uncertainty continue to be a common cause for concern across the globe. Thirty-two percent of respondents cited the China-US trade dispute as likely to have a negative impact on future business growth. A quarter of businesses (24 percent) stated that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is also still a big threat, with the percentage rising to 46 percent of EMEA based respondents.

Despite this, business growth over the last 12 months has been stable, but respondents admit it hasn’t been easy. Forty-two percent found it challenging and 23 percent feel that staff skills and experience have played a detrimental part in maintaining growth.

“The manufacturing industry plays an integral role in our global economy and people forget that it is responsible for delivering important products we use every day,” said Epicor CEO, Steve Murphy. “As such, the health of the manufacturing industry is something we should all be concerned about. While it’s good news to see that growth in this industry is still taking place, we need to keep a close eye on what factors are contributing to this growth and what factors are causing a lag. The information in the Global Growth Index empowers businesses so they can make strategic plans that will best position them for the future.”

Now in its third year, the Epicor Global Growth Index is designed to measure the state of worldwide business growth within the manufacturing industry. The Index tracks the performance of businesses—year on year—within 13 territories across a number of key indicators, including turnover, profits, headcount, and product range. Compared to last year’s results, the Growth Index rose by one percent, compared to 3.7 percent in the previous 12-month period.

The table below shows the Global Growth Index results for 2019 across six key indicators, compared with figures from 2018 and 2017. Percentages represent the median average number of businesses that have reported growth in each of the key growth metrics.

Growth performance indicator

% reporting growth

2017

2018

2019

Sales/turnover

65

70

65

Profits

64

68

67

Product range

61

65

63

Exports and overseas sales

49

50

52

Workforce/headcount

48

48

54

Geographic coverage

51

49

53

Average % recorded across all six attributes

56

58

59

Index (year one=base 100)

100.0

103.7

104.7


“Investing in the right technology, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, can help businesses better plan for change by improving visibility and insights into current operational workflows. This can help alleviate stress and enable people to deal with challenges more effectively, by providing the flexibility, agility, and adaptability needed to respond to market conditions and customer demands. Technology can also have a positive influence on other factors including work ethic and staff recruitment and retention,” concluded Reid Paquin, research director, IDC.

For more information about the trends uncovered in the 2019 Global Growth Index research, please visit The Shop Floor.

[1] Research for the Global Growth index was carried out by Savanta on behalf of Epicor in April 2019. It questioned 2,390 business people in 13 countries across the globe about their growth performance in the last 12 months and future business challenges

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