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The State of
2023 report

What’s your industry really thinking?

Is sustainability an opportunity or an obligation? How much are firms investing in technology? Who’s winning the war for talent? How has the pandemic impacted careers?

The State of Manufacturing 2023 report answers all these questions and more, and provides exclusive insight into the challenges and prospects for engineering and manufacturing in the UK, Netherlands and Germany.

Produced by Essentra Components, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of industrial components, in partnership with The Engineer magazine, the report draws on feedback from hundreds of industry professionals who responded to our 2022 survey about current issues and trends.

What's Inside?


The data paints a picture of an industry that’s rebuilding after the COVID pandemic, yet some struggles still persist.


Employees  give an honest opinion on the future of the industry and the effects the past few years have had on their careers.


Technology takes centre stage as respondents give us insight into their focus for technological development as well as the value of their investments into new technology and sustainable initiatives.