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E-mail: sbs_rap@cso.ie Gerard Doolan (021) 453 5130 Mary Duggan (021) 453 5584
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CSO statistical release, 27 July 2017, 11am

Irish Industrial Production by Sector

2016

Net selling value 2016 - Top 10 and Top 50 enterprises
 €'000 %  €'000 %
Top 10 enterprises64,821,42548.6 Top 50 enterprises107,674,05080.8
Other enterprises68,477,25451.4 Other enterprises25,624,62919.2
Total NSV133,298,679100.0 Total NSV133,298,679100.0

Almost half of Industrial Net Selling Value generated by Top 10 Enterprises

Figure 1: Net Selling Value 2016, Top 10 and Other Enterprises
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The Top 10 industrial enterprises accounted for 48.6% of all production in Ireland in 2016.  

These 10 enterprises had an aggregate Net Selling Value (NSV) of €64.8 billion, while the remaining 3,116 industrial enterprises reported €68.5 billion. See Figure 1 and Headline table.

Over 80% of NSV generated by Top 50 enterprises

The Top 50 industrial enterprises in Ireland represented over four fifths of the overall NSV with a value of €107.7 billion out of a total of €133.3 billion. This indicates that the Manufacturing sector in Ireland is heavily reliant on a very small number of enterprises. See Figure 2 and Headline table.  

 

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Other enterprises19.2
Top 5080.8

Value of Products manufactured and sold by Irish based enterprises rose 15.3% to €133.3  billion in 2016

The total value of products manufactured and sold in Ireland in 2016 was €133.3 billion. This was an increase of 15.3% on 2015 figures. See Table 1.

The Pharmaceutical sector reported NSV of €58.3 billion in 2016

The most significant increase in Net Selling Value was in the Pharmaceutical sector. Basic pharmaceutical products and preparations increased by 128.5% over a two year period from €25.5 billion in 2014 to €58.3 billion in 2016. 

As well as the Pharmaceutical sector, in terms of NSV, strong performances were also reported in the Food, Chemical and Computer sectors. These four sectors combined accounted for 82.8% or €110.4 billion of total NSV in Ireland in 2016, up from 80.6% or €93.2 billion in 2015. See Figure 3 and Table 1.

Total NSVFood, Chemical, Pharmaceutical
and Computer Sectors combined
2015115.693.2
2016133.3110.4

Irish manufacturing trends 2014 to 2016

The dominance of the Chemical and Pharmaceutical sectors has increased steadily since 2014, when both sectors combined accounted for 44.0% of total NSV. In 2015, this figure increased to 51.5% and 55.8% in 2016. 

The absolute value of the Food sector has increased steadily since 2014, but its share of total NSV has fallen over the same period. In 2014, the value of all food products was €19.8 billion, which represented 22.1% of value of all goods produced. The Food sector increased to €20.4 billion in 2015 but the percentage share dropped to 17.7%. This trend continued in 2016 when the value of Food products increased to €21.4 billion which represented only 16.1% of all products. See Figure 4 and Table 2.

201420152016
Mining & Quarrying0.70.50.4
Food22.117.716.1
Beverages2.522
Textiles0.40.30.2
Paper and paper products1.41.10.8
Chemical products15.514.612
Pharmaceutical products 28.536.943.7
Rubber and plastic products1.41.11
Basic metals, machinery
and equipment n.e.c.
54.84.2
Computer, electronic,
optical and electrical equipment
10.511.511
Wood and wood products2.42.12.1
Transport equipment0.70.60.3
Other8.96.96.2

Significant growth in Ireland's top industries

The Pharmaceutical sector recorded the biggest percentage increase in NSV in Ireland between the years 2014 - 2016, with growth of 128.5%. The value of Computer, electronic, optical and electrical equipment  manufactured in the same time period rose 56.3% while the Beverages sector grew by 18.8% in NSV terms. Some elements of these percentage changes may be attributable to NACE changes as a result of enterprises moving from the Services sector to the Industrial sector. See Figure 5 and Table 1. 

2014-2016
Pharmaceutical products 128.5
Computer, electronic, optical
and electrical equipment
56.3
Wood and wood products28
Basic metals, machinery
and equipment n.e.c.
25.3
Beverages18.8
Chemical products15.7
Food8.2
Rubber and plastic products4.2
Other3.2
Paper and paper products-10.8
Mining & Quarrying-18.7
Textiles-18.8
Transport equipment-33.6

The value of EU Industrial production more evenly spread over a number of sectors in 2016 than in Ireland

Irish industrial production and sales were largely concentrated in only four sectors when compared to the EU28. The Pharmaceutical sector NACE 21 was the largest contributor to NSV in Ireland in 2016 at 43.7% of total NSV. In contrast, in the EU28 as a whole, the Pharmaceutical sector accounted for only 3.8% of total NSV in 2016.

Data for the EU28 was more evenly spread over a larger number of industrial sectors.  The most dominant sector in terms of NSV in EU28 in 2016 was Basic metals, 22.0%, Transport equipment, 17.0%, and Food products, 16.4%. See Figure 6 and Table 3. 

IrelandEU28
Mining & Quarrying0.40.5
Food16.116.4
Beverages22.7
Textiles0.22.4
Paper and paper products0.84.2
Chemical products127.7
Pharmaceutical products 43.73.8
Rubber and plastic products14.6
Basic metals, machinery
and equipment n.e.c.
4.222
Computer, electronic,
optical and electrical equipment
117.6
Wood and wood products2.16.3
Transport equipment0.317
Other6.24.8

Changes in selected manufacturing products in 2016

The manufacture of food related products grew by 4.7% in 2016, from €20.4 billion in 2015 to €21.4 billion, with several specific product codes reporting increased NSV. The production of food preparations for infants in particular has seen growth rates of 72.4% from €778.2 million in 2015 to €1,342.0 million in 2016. The manufacture of skimmed milk powder in packaging greater than 2.5kg more than tripled in NSV terms from €35.4 million in 2015 to €111.2 million in 2016, an annual increase of 214.3%.

Moving away from the Food sector, the manufacture of artificial joint products reported a significant increase of 152.1% in NSV terms, rising from €394.4 million in 2015 to €994.3 million in 2016. See Figure 7 and Tables 1 & 4.

20152016
Skimmed milk powder in
packaging of > 2.5 kg
(10512160)
35.385111.21
Food preparations
for infants
(10861070)
778.2011342.002
Artificial
Joints
(32502235)
394.353994.273

The data in this release refers to production which occurs in Ireland. Data for years 2007 - 2014 has been revised following updates from respondents to exclude manufacturing activities which occurred outside of Ireland. In general, the revisions were minor, however, for reference year 2009 data has been revised downwards 11.4%, while data for reference year 2014 has been revised downwards 12.4%. Revised statbank tables for reference years 2007 - 2014 are available at the following weblink:

Prodcom Databank Tables

Table 1: Total Net Selling Value of Production by Sector 2014 - 2016
 2014120152016
 €'000€'000€'000
Mining and Quarrying (05,06,07,08,09)655,105534,456532,843
Food products (10)19,786,63520,447,92221,407,671
Beverages (11)2,246,2802,369,1422,669,451
Textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products (13,14,15)397,428309,130322,647
Paper and paper products (17,18)1,251,6551,279,6031,116,390
Chemicals and chemical products (20)13,870,56416,884,48616,042,296
Basic pharmaceutical products and preparations (21)25,511,42642,615,32558,301,504
Rubber and plastic products (22)1,235,2221,276,4701,287,327
Basic metals and fabricated metal products,machinery and equipment (24,25,28)4,456,2905,594,2095,582,301
Computer,electronic,optical and electrical equipment (26,27)9,371,44413,247,61414,651,745
Wood and wood products, other non-metallic mineral products, furniture (16,23,31)2,136,0542,474,4422,733,209
Transport equipment (29,30)602,120656,778399,688
Other (12,32,33)7,993,4197,938,3008,251,607
Total NSV 89,513,642115,627,877133,298,679
1 2014 Data revised
Source: CSO
Table 2: Production by Sector 2014 - 2016
 2014120152016
 %%%
Mining and Quarrying (05,06,07,08,09)0.70.50.4
Food products (10)22.117.716.1
Beverages (11)2.52.02.0
Textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products (13,14,15)0.40.30.2
Paper and paper products (17,18)1.41.10.8
Chemicals and chemical products (20)15.514.612.0
Basic pharmaceutical products and preparations (21)28.536.943.7
Rubber and plastic products (22)1.41.11.0
Basic metals and fabricated metal products,machinery and equipment (24,25,28)5.04.84.2
Computer,electronic,optical and electrical equipment (26,27)10.511.511.0
Wood and wood products, other non-metallic mineral products, furniture (16,23,31)2.42.12.1
Transport equipment (29,30)0.70.60.3
Other (12,32,33)8.96.96.2
Total NSV 100.0100.0100.0
1 2014 Data revised
Source: CSO
Table 3: EU comparisons by NSV and percentage breakdown, 2016
 IrelandEU28IrelandEU28
 €'000€'000%%
Mining and Quarrying (05,06,07,08,09)532,84327,708,2620.40.5
Food products (10)21,407,671846,564,87116.116.4
Beverages (11)2,669,451138,895,4712.02.7
Textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products (13,14,15)322,647126,444,8350.22.4
Paper and paper products (17,18)1,116,390219,543,2720.84.2
Chemicals and chemical products (20)16,042,296395,636,92212.07.7
Basic pharmaceutical products and preparations (21)58,301,504194,749,17943.73.8
Rubber and plastic products (22)1,287,327240,291,4941.04.6
Basic metals and fabricated metal products,machinery and equipment (24,25,28)5,582,3011,136,609,2684.222.0
Computer,electronic,optical and electrical equipment (26,27)14,651,745391,015,51311.07.6
Wood and wood products, other non-metallic mineral products, furniture (16,23,31)2,733,209325,231,1352.16.3
Transport equipment (29,30)399,688877,596,3610.317.0
Other (12,32,33)8,251,607249,394,2296.24.8
Total NSV 133,298,6795,169,680,812100.0100.0
Source: Eurostat @18th July 2017 and CSO
Table 4: NSV and percentage increases of selected products, 2016
 201520162015-2016
 €'000€'000% change
Skimmed milk powder in packaging of > 2.5 kg (10512160)35,385111,210214.3
Food preparations for infants (10861070)778,2011,342,00272.4
Artificial Joints (32502235)394,353994,273152.1
Source: CSO

Background Notes

Irish Industrial Production by Sector

Data for this survey is collected under the name of PRODCOM, but is currently published under the title of Irish Industrial Production by Sector.

Introduction to PRODCOM

This report presents results for the annual PRODCOM Inquiry conducted by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).  This is an annual survey of the value and volume of products produced by industrial enterprises in Ireland and sold during the reference year.  It is carried out in compliance with the European Community (EC) Council Regulation on the Establishment of a Community Survey of Industrial Production (No. 3924/91).  The results are presented using a harmonised EU product classification called PRODCOM.  The title comes from the French term "PRODuction COMmunautaire" (Community Production). Appreciation is extended to all enterprises that co-operated with this annual inquiry. 

Scope and Coverage

The survey covers all industrial enterprises with three or more persons engaged which are wholly or primarily engaged in industrial production and industrial services in the Mining, Quarrying and Manufacturing industries.  The survey does not cover the following sectors and products:

• products of coal and lignite mining

• coke and refined petroleum products

Survey Organisation

Customised questionnaires are issued to enterprises on an annual basis, seeking information at a detailed level on the products sold in the previous year, irrespective of the year of manufacture.  A residual category is included in each questionnaire for the recording of new products.  The details returned are classified by reference to the PRODCOM classification.  Individual questionnaires are updated annually to distinguish the particular products produced by each enterprise. 

Product Groupings

In the PRODCOM classification, products are grouped by the NACE Rev.2 four digit industrial sectors in which they are primarily produced (i.e characteristic products).  NACE Rev.2 is the EU system for classifying economic activities. The value and volume data shown for a product includes not only the production by enterprises classified to the NACE sector where it is primarily produced but also its production by enterprises classified to other NACE Rev.2 sectors. 

Classification of Products

The business activity classification used in this publication is based on the Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community i.e. NACE Rev. 2.  Prior to 2008 PRODCOM publications were based on the NACE Rev.1.1 classification.

The PRODCOM classification is organised into product divisions and classes corresponding to the sectoral divisions (2 digit) of NACE Rev.2.  It uses an eight-digit product code - XX.XX.XX.XX.  The first four digits of the code correspond to the 4-digit classes of NACE Rev.2.  The first six digits are the European Community Classification of Products by Activity (CPA) codes.  The CPA provides a detailed listing of the characteristic products for each 4-digit NACE Rev.2 economic activity.  The last two digits provide a more detailed breakdown of the CPA classes into PRODCOM product headings.

There is a direct link between the PRODCOM classification and the EU foreign trade Harmonised System/Combined Nomenclature (HS/CN) classification.  Each PRODCOM 8-digit heading covers one or more HS/CN 8-digit headings. The following example shows the link between all the different classifications: 

PRODCOM                  Description Foreign Trade                  HS/CN code

10.12.10.10                   Fresh or chilled whole chickens                 0207.11


The PRODCOM code 10.12.10.10 covers the same products as HS/CN code 0207.11, which is the code in foreign trade statistics under which imports and exports of chickens appear.  Thus for any product a direct link can be made for its production (PRODCOM code) and its imports and exports (HS/CN code) to derive domestic consumption (production plus imports minus exports).  This in turn can be linked to the sector of economic activity.

As described above PRODCOM data may be combined with foreign trade data (imports and exports) to derive apparent domestic consumption.  Apparent consumption is calculated by adding imports to domestic production and subtracting exports.  This approximation may be of limited value in some instances due to the need to suppress details to preserve confidentiality, timing differences between PRODCOM and foreign trade data, or different valuation methods. 

Variables 

The data covers the value and volume of products manufactured and sold by enterprises, irrespective of the year of manufacture.  Also included are the fees earned by the enterprises for industrial services provided and work done on commission.

Value relates to the net selling value, excluding VAT, invoiced to customers.  It excludes duties and taxes payable on the goods such as excise duties, separately charged freight costs, discounts and goods resold without any further processing.

Estimation for Non-Response

Details for key non-respondents were estimated using turnover data from other CSO surveys, principally the Monthly Industrial Production Inquiry.  Total turnover was disaggregated, where possible, by reference to the product mix details supplied by the non-respondents to an earlier PRODCOM inquiry. In all other cases, both volume and value are imputed by the IT system.

In the case of respondents, estimates for missing volumes have been made in certain cases by using the average unit price from the respondent firms. In other cases it was not possible to estimate for missing volumes.

Confidentiality

The information provided by enterprises is treated as strictly confidential in accordance with national and EU law.  Rules are applied to both the value and volume data of each individual product or service to identify confidential data.  Direct or indirect disclosure of information relating to identifiable respondents is avoided by suppressing confidential data.  Individual products which are confidential are identified by -99,999,999. 

LEXICON OF ABBREVIATIONS

< =

Less than or equal to

= >

Greater than or equal to

ABS

Acrylonitril-Butadiene-Styrene

CVD

Chemical Vapour Deposition

PVD

Physical Vapour Deposition

HS

Harmonized System

CN

Combined Nomenclature

CG

centigram

CM3

cubic centimetre

KVAR

kilovar

KV

kilovolt

MM

millimetre

MPA

megapascal

T

tonne

EXCL.

excluding

INCL.

including

N.E.C.

not elsewhere classified

N.P.R.S

not packaged for retail sale

P.R.S

packaged for retail sale

V.Q.P.R.D

vin de qualité produit dans une région déterminée

(Quality wines produced in specified regions)

S

supressed (unreliable)

--

Under the HS/CN heading, this denotes the absence of a tariff code from the current Prodcom list

 

LIST OF UNITS

GT

Gross Tonnage

CE/EL

Number of elements

G

Gram

KG

Kilogram

KWh

Kilowatt hours

KW

Kilowatt

L

Litre

M

Metre

M2

Square metre

M3

Cubic metre

PA

Number of pairs

P/ST

Number of items

-

No unit

CK

Carats

TJ

Terajoule (gross calorific value)

 

(1) Definition 

Net Selling Value

The value of sales for each product relates to the net selling value i.e. the net amount (excluding VAT) invoiced to customers. This value includes amounts charged by enterprises to customers for transport of goods by their own vehicles and packaging costs.

Excluded from this definition are:

• duties and taxes payable on the goods e.g. excise duties
• separately charged freight costs
• any discounts granted to customers
• goods resold without further processing 

(2) Products

  • Products include: all finished goods made from materials or intermediate goods purchased by the enterprise
  • semi-finished goods transferred for further processing to another establishment of the business (valued at their estimated value)
  • goods which were substantially made in the factory but on which some intermediary work was done on commission by another firm
  • goods fully manufactured by the enterprise on commission from materials supplied by another firm
  • goods partly manufactured by the enterprise on commission
  • work done for a fee or charge on products supplied by another firm within the State and then returned for further processing prior to becoming a finished product
  • any other work done on commission 

(3) Prodcom

PRODCOM is the title of the European Community (EC) production statistics for Mining, Quarrying and Manufacturing, i.e Section B and C of the Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community (NACE Rev. 2).  The title comes from the French "PRODuction COMmunautaire" (Community production).

The basis of the survey is Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3924/91 on the establishment of a Community survey of industrial production (PRODCOM Regulation).  In accordance with Article 2(2) of the above-mentioned Regulation, production is to be recorded according to the product headings of the PRODCOM list. The list does not include the products of coal and lignite mining, extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas, manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (Divisions 05, 06 and 19 of NACE Rev. 2), since they are already covered in a separate set of Community statistics. 

 

 

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