The UK electronics industry is worth over £16 billion to the economy, and is the European leader in independent electronics system design, forming 40 per cent of the market.
With an impressive international reputation, the UK is regarded as a centre for excellence for global companies with major research and development or manufacturing bases. The industry is currently thriving, yet there are challenges lying ahead which the sector must confront and deal with.
Although UK universities are widely recognised as among the best in the world and play a key role in industry research, there is a growing concern that a skills shortage and decline in Electronics Engineering graduates could significantly damage the industry unless addressed. Furthermore, while having to compete with emerging markets, the sector will have to adapt to the current political climate and exiting the European Union. Those within the industry will have to work together with the Government in order to rise to the challenges and maintain its leadership position.