Plymouth manufacturers are celebrating growing order books, reflecting a nationwide return to growth across the sector and output levels that have been described as the highest for almost two decades.
The Plymouth Manufacturers' Group's annual State of the Sector survey has revealed that businesses located within and around the city are looking ahead with optimism, with more than half of them planning capital investment next year.
The Westcountry organisation's survey findings coincide with the latest quarterly CBI Industrial Trends report, which said that UK-wide, the size of order books and the pace of output growth over the past three months have been the highest recorded since 1995.
Steve Senior, managing director of PMG member business Luminati Waycon, said: "From our perspective, the recession is pulling back and clients are beginning to plan ahead."
He added that the company, like other manufacturing business was also now positioned to look towards capital investment in new machinery.