India is expected to be the second largest economy in manufacturing in next five years, followed by Brazil as the third ranked country, consulting major Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) has said. China will retain the numero uno position. “The competitiveness of each nation’s manufacturing innovation ecosystem will continue to be a focus area for policymakers, business leaders and much of society,” the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report done by Deloitte said. It said the main reason will be the recent restrained growth in China, changes in the US, a dark cloud over much of the Euro Zone, trade wars in South America, an ongoing malaise in Japan and the percolating but elusive rise of India. “Brazil’s jump from eighth to third is the largest jump expected over the next five years. And, Vietnam moves into the top 10 as the tenth most competitive nation,” it said. According to the Deloitte’s report, five developed economy nations that were ranked in the top 10 as of this year were Germany (second), the US (third), South Korea (fifth), Canada (seventh) and Japan (tenth). Five emerging economy nations were also ranked in the top 10 including China (first), India (fourth), Taiwan (sixth), Brazil (eighth) and Singapore (ninth). The report included over 550 survey responses from Chief Executive Officers around the world collected throughout 2012.

(This article was published on November 25, 2012)
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