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2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index

Drivers of global manufacturing competitiveness

Downloads: Download the full Competitiveness Index report Full report  |   Highlights of the report  |  Download Top 10 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Drivers Summary brief  |   Appendix A: Country analyses

Highlights from the report

  • Consistent with the 2010 Index, China was again ranked the most competitive manufacturing nation in the world.
  • The top 10 list today includes five developed economy nations and five emerging economy nations.
  • Five years from now, emerging economy nations surge to occupy the top three spots, with China retaining the top spot, and India and Brazil moving up to claim the second and third rankings.
  • Talent-driven innovation is deemed the most critical driver of a nation’s competitiveness. Catapulting into the second most important driver position is the economic, trade, financial, and tax system of a nation.

Top ten most competitive countries (2013 Index)

Take a glance at our country analyses, which reveal that executives believe China leads overall and emerging markets will become more competitive in the near future. You can also read the full country analyses in Appendix A: country analyses of the report.

Current competitiveness   Competitiveness in five years
Rank Country Index score (10=High 1=Low)   Rank Country Index score (10=High 1=Low)
1 China 10.00   1 China 10.00
2 Germany 7.98   2 India 8.49
3 United States of America 7.84   3 Brazil 7.89
4 India 7.65   4 Germany 7.82
5 South Korea 7.59   5 United States of America 7.69
6 Taiwan 7.57   6 South Korea 7.63
7 Canada 7.24   7 Taiwan 7.18
8 Brazil 7.13   8 Canada 6.99
9 Singapore 6.64   9 Singapore 6.64
10 Japan 6.60   10 Vietnam 6.50

About the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index

The 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report prepared by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and the Council on Competitiveness includes more than 550 survey responses from senior manufacturing executives around the world. The survey examines the complex forces driving the future of manufacturing and many of the structural changes reshaping the global economy.

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About The U.S. Council on Competitiveness
The Council on Competitiveness is a leadership organization comprised of CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders committed to ensuring that the United States remains the world leader. The Council has one goal: to strengthen America's competitive advantage by acting as a catalyst for innovative public policy solutions. For more information please visit

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