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What is it?


Throughout the UK, manufacturing is a large employer although a few regions specialise in particular areas of manufacturing. Not everyone agrees what to include in manufacturing but some of the largest areas are usually said to include 

Manufacturing involves converting raw materials/components into finished goods. Examples include processed food and drink, doors and windows, clothing and footwear, books and magazines, pharmaceutical products, fuel and oils and furniture. Th

  • Chemicals
  • Food and Drink
  • Furniture
  • Glass and glazing
  • Machinery
  • Metal products
  • Paper
  • Printing
  • Rubber and Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Clothes (wearing apparel)

Here, you can find out about the following:

Some of the other main areas such as machinery manufacture, automotive and aeronautical, chemical, electrical and electronic and medical equipment are included in the engineering sector. The manufacturing sector also employs professional engineers, designers, and scientists, and information on these jobs is included in the engineering and science sections.


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Manufacturing Gloucestershire January 2012
the current and future job market, local information, and contacts