Software provider Epicor unveils the results of 2019 Global Growth Index.
Manufacturing business growth has continued to rise over the past year, but at a much slower rate than the previous 12 months.
Despite challenging market conditions and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining skilled staff, there has been a marginal one percent rise in the number of businesses reporting growth.
These findings are survey results unveiled today from the annual Global Growth Index by Epicor Software Corporation – a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth.
For those companies who have experienced growth, maintaining it hasn’t been easy over the past year. Forty-two percent admit it has been challenging, whilst a fifth (22%) have found it stressful.
Forty percent of businesses cite market conditions as having a negative impact on growth, and 23% feel that staff skills and experience have also played a detrimental part in maintaining growth.
Political volatility and uncertainty also continue to be a common cause for concern across the globe.
“The manufacturing industry plays an integral role in our global economy and people forget that it is responsible for delivering important products we use every day,” said Epicor CEO, Steve Murphy.
“As such, the health of the manufacturing industry is something we should all be concerned about. While it’s good news to see that growth in this industry is still taking place, we need to keep a close eye on what factors are contributing to this growth and what factors are causing a lag. The information in the Global Growth Index empowers businesses so they can make strategic plans that will best position them for the future.”
Now in its third year, the Epicor Global Growth Index is designed to measure the state of worldwide business growth within the manufacturing industry. The Index tracks the performance of businesses – year on year – within 13 territories across a number of key indicators, including turnover, profits, headcount and product range. Compared to last year’s results, the Growth Index rose by one percent. This is down from the 3.7% in the previous 12-month period.
Reid Paquin, Research Director, IDC, said: “Investing in the right technology, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions, can help businesses better plan for change by improving visibility and insights into current operational workflows. This can help alleviate stress and enable people to deal with challenges more effectively, by providing the flexibility, agility and adaptability needed to respond to market conditions and customer demands. Technology can also have a positive influence on other factors including work ethic and staff recruitment and retention.”