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WEF ranks India 30th on global manufacturing index; Japan tops list

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India has ranked 30th on Global Manufacturing Index released by World Economic Forum (WEF). As per ‘Readiness for the future of production report’, related to Global Manufacturing Index, Japan has been found to have the best structure of production. 

About ‘Readiness for the future of production report’:

This report analyses development of modern industrial strategies and urges collaborative action. It has been developed in collaboration with A T Kearney. 

  • It has categorised 100 countries into four groups viz. ‘Leading’, ‘High Potential’, ‘Legacy’ and ‘Nascent’
  • Countries in ‘Leading’ Group have strong current base and high level of readiness for future while countries in ‘High Potential’ group have limited current base and high potential for future.
  • Countries in ‘Legacy’ group have strong current base but are at risk for future. Countries in ‘Nascent’ group have limited current base and low level of readiness for future

Highlights of ‘Readiness for the future of production report’:

India has been placed in the ‘Legacy’ group along with Mexico, Philippines, Hungary, Russia, and Turkey, among others.WEF ranks India 30th on global manufacturing index; Japan tops list

  • India’s neighbour, China features among ‘leading countries’, while Brazil and South Africa are in ‘nascent’ group.
  • The report has outlined that India is the 5th-largest manufacturer in the world. In 2016, India’s manufacturing value stood at over USD 420 billion.
  • As per WEF data, India’s manufacturing sector has grown by over 7 per cent per year on average in the past three decades, accounting for 16-20 per cent of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • WEF also took note of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative to transform India in to a global manufacturing hub.

India’s ranking on various sub-parameters related to manufacturing sector:

Parameter Rank
Scale of Production 9th
Market Size 3rd
Complexity 48th
Female participation in labour force, trade tariffs, regulatory efficiency and sustainable resources. 90th or even lower

Global Manufacturing Index – Top 10 Countries:

1 Japan
2 South Korea
3 Germany
4 Switzerland
5 China
6 Czech Republic
7 US
8 Sweden
9 Austria
10 Ireland

Quick Facts about World Economic Forum (WEF):

  • Formed in – 1971
  • Headquarters – Cologny, Switzerland
  • Current Executive Chairman – Klaus Schwab