UNIDO Statistics publishes a new series of reports about current growth trends of the world manufacturing production, which is based on production data collected and published by the National Statistical Offices (NSOs). A preliminary report was prepared earlier to check the availability of data and efficiency of statistical method employed for this purpose. After an assessment period of data production for internal use, the results are now ready for worldwide dissemination.
The main objective of this report is to provide an overview of the current growth trends of the world manufacturing production by country groups and by major sectors. For years UNIDO statistical publications have been released only on the annual basis. While researchers devoted in fundamental economic studies prefer detail business structure statistics, other international data users, especially, policymakers and business associations require more recent assessment of the overall production growth trends. In order to meet the user’s demand in current industrial statistics as well as to present the growth assessment of the Organization in its capacity of a specialized UN agency in the field of the industrial developments, UNIDO presents this report with latest growth estimates for overall manufacturing industry as well as for its major branches.