PRODCOM stands for PRODucts of the European COMmunity. The analysis within this bulletin and the accompanying tables reflect the most recent and comprehensive annual sales by value and volume data on industrial production in the UK, based on the PRODCOM Survey.
The PRODCOM Survey is carried out annually by all European Union (EU) member states under EU regulation. Latest data for the 27 EU members can be found on the Eurostat website. The survey is conducted across the manufacturing industries, a total of 234 industries and 3,866 products. Data in the accompanying tables are presented by manufacturing ‘Division’ divided into ‘Industries’, and then aggregates of products, then individual products. The PRODCOM list, which is set by the European Commission, contains a comprehensive breakdown of industries. The list is hierarchical, for example within the Food industry:
Division 10 – Manufacture of food products (abridged for illustrative use)
Level 1 - Industry code 10.83 – Processing of tea and coffee
Level 2 - Product aggregate code 10.83.11 – Coffee, decaffeinated or roasted
Level 3 - Product code 10.83.11.30 – Decaffeinated coffee, not roasted
Level 3 - Product code 10.83.11.50 – Roasted coffee, not decaffeinated
Level 3 - Product code 10.83.11.70 – Roasted decaffeinated coffee
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Table 1 shows the top ten UK manufactured products with the highest production by value in 2011. Motor vehicles with a diesel or semi-diesel engine > 2500 cm3 (excluding vehicles for transporting >= 10 persons, motor caravans, snowmobiles, golf cars and similar vehicles) has been suppressed because the value is disclosive of individual respondent data.
|Motor vehicles with a petrol engine > 1500 cm3 (including motor caravans of a capacity > 3000 cm3) (excluding vehicles for transporting >= 10 persons, snowmobiles, golf cars and similar vehicles).||12.1|
|Other medicaments of mixed or unmixed products, packaged for retail sale, not elsewhere classified.||6.9|
|Manufacture, installation and repair of military aircraft and parts thereof.||6.5|
|Motor vehicles with a diesel or semi-diesel engine > 1500 cm3 but <= 2500 cm3 (excluding vehicles for transporting >= 10 persons, motor caravans, snowmobiles, golf cars and similar vehicles).||6.1|
|Parts for all types of aircraft excluding propellers, rotors, under carriages, for civil use.||6.1|
|Beer made from malt (excluding alcohol duty) excluding: - non-alcoholic beer - beer containing not more than 0.5% by volume of alcohol.||3.9|
|Waters, with added sugar, other sweetening matter or flavoured, i.e. soft drinks including: - mineral and aerated).||3.7|
|Cakes and pastry products; other baker’s wares with added sweetening matter.||3.1|
|Motor vehicles with a diesel or semi-diesel engine > 2500 cm3 (excluding vehicles for transporting >= 10 persons, motor caravans, snowmobiles, golf cars and similar vehicles.||The value lies within the range 2.8 to 3.1 billion 2|
|Fresh bread containing by weight in the dry matter state <=5% of sugars and <= 5% of fat (excluding added honey; eggs; cheese or fruit).||2.8|
Table 2 shows the top ten product groups across the EU 27 in 2010 and the UK ranking in relation to its manufacturing contribution within the EU. A full copy of comparative data on share and growth distribution across the EU member states is available from the Eurostat website but for illustrative purposes only, Table 2 shows the latest ranking of the UK (top 5 places only).
|Product group1||UK ranking 2010|
|Vehicles with compression-ignition internal combustion piston engine (diesel or semi-diesel)||4|
|Vehicles with spark-ignition engine of a cylinder capacity > 1 500 cm3||1|
|Parts and accessories not elsewhere classified, for motor vehicles||N/A3|
|Medicaments, containing alkaloids or derivatives thereof, but not hormones or antibiotics||4|
|Other structures and parts of structures, plates, rods, angles, shapes and the like, of iron, steel or aluminium||3|
|Prepared feeds for farm animals, except lucerne meal and pellets||3|
|Vehicles with spark-ignition engine of a cylinder capacity <= 1 500 cm3||N/A|
|Safety seat belts, airbags and parts and accessories of bodies||2|
|Other non alcoholic beverages||3|
|Meat of swine, fresh or chilled||N/A|
UK businesses selected for the PRODCOM survey are asked to supply the value of manufactured product sales as well as non-manufacturing income, the latter being used for balancing purposes only. Additionally businesses in approximately three quarters of the industries covered supply volume information. Sometimes data for some products cannot be reported, for example in cases where businesses are unable to report the volume in the required unit measurement, i.e. kilos opposed to the number of items.
The estimates cover products manufactured and sold within the UK and are accompanied by Her Majestys Revenue and Customs (HMRC) data on imports and exports, both intra (EU) and extra (non-EU). Analysis and data relating to the most recent period is published at uktradeinfo and is used by a wide range of government and international organisations. Used in conjunction with the PRODCOM data it is useful for helping businesses gauge market share and the means to establish new markets for their products. The trade data are also used in the ONS’ UK Balance of Payment account to help quantify the health of the UK.
EU PRODCOM survey data are regularly used in matters relating to EU anti-dumping cases providing vital product information for scrutiny during formal investigations. Increasingly the data are used in analysis relating to climate-change, for example the implications of EU climate change policy for energy intensive industries and other environmental statistics such as ONS’ review of measuring the environmental goods and services sector which utilises PRODCOM data in an aim to identifying potential ‘green’ products.
The 2011 survey period is 01 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.
The following symbols are used in the accompanying tables:
S Suppressed as disclosive
S* Suppressed as disclosive but included in the aggregated for UK Manufacturer Sales of “Other” products aggregated for UK in the Sales and Turnover table
N/A Data not available
* Not able to provide data due to secondary disclosure, different units of measurement or other technical issues.
Product information is available from the following Manufacturing Divisions
Other mining and quarrying
|15||Leather and related products|
|16||Wood and of products of wood and cork (except furniture); articles of straw and plaiting materials|
|17||Paper and paper products|
|18||Printing and reproduction of recorded media|
|19||Coke and refined petroleum products|
|20||Chemicals and chemical products|
|21||Basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations|
|22||Rubber and plastic products|
|23||Other non-metallic mineral products|
|25||Fabricated metal products (except machinery and equipment)|
|26||Computer, electronic and optical equipment|
|28||Machinery and equipment, not elsewhere classified|
|29||Motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers|
|30||Other transport equipment|
|33||Repair and installation of machinery and equipment|
The latest annual EU comparative data for PRODCOM are available from the Eurostat website
The PRODCOM list is updated annually to allow for the addition and deletion of products as the market evolves; clarification of product definitions and corrections where identified. To assist our users, these changes will be documented and incorporated within the December Statistical Bulletin each year.
The following information is available for each PRODCOM Commodity Code
an estimate of standard error
standard error as a percentage of the published value (the coefficient of variation)
number of businesses providing data at the product level
total employment of businesses providing data for the product
Standard errors are an estimate of the sampling error, which arises because an estimate is based on a survey rather than a population census. It is a measure of the precision of the estimate. A low standard error therefore indicates a precise estimate. To aid comparison and interpretation, the standard error is also expressed as a percentage of the product’s estimated total sales. This quantity is sometimes called the coefficient of variation and it allows the standard errors to be put into context.
Standard error estimates are available for most product level value estimates. The latest data are available in the accompanying publication tables.
Following a review in 2011, it was discovered that the code used to calculate the PRODCOM standard errors was incorrect. A change was implemented in the last set of results published January 2012. An article detailing the change will be published in July 2012.
This is the first (Provisional) set of data for the 2011 period and at this time no revisions are made to previous periods. A second set (Intermediate) for 2011 and a third (Final) set of data for 2010 will be published on 20 December 2012.
Provisional survey estimates are published six months following the end of the reference period; intermediate estimates 12 months after the end of the reference period and a final set of estimates 18 months following the reference period.
Revision information relating to 2011 and the two previous periods will be incorporated within the December 2012 publication.
The response rates reflect the response rates at the time of publication. Late and revised returns are included in the intermediate and final estimates.
Data collected by the Annual Minerals Raised Inquiry (AMRI) on mineral extraction are used in the PRODCOM survey to avoid duplication and to reduce the burden on business.
Statistical disclosure control methodology is applied to the PRODCOM estimates to ensure that information attributable to an individual business is not disclosed in any publication. However, to provide the most comprehensive dataset, ONS seek permission to publish data from businesses whose sales and/or volume data are deemed disclosive. Where permissions are granted the data is included in the final tables. The Code of Practice for Official Statistics sets out principles for how ONS protects data from being disclosed.
The recently launched ONS User Guide provides information on a range of business surveys, including Prodcom.
As part of a package of measures to improve the quality of the PRODCOM results, the current methodology and systems used in the production of the data are under review. Details of work undertaken will be published in separate articles during 2012.
Planned articles in 2012 relate to
an amendment to the method of calculation of PRODCOM Standard Errors
the possibility of a bi-annual sample for the Prodcom Survey
introducing selective editing within the Prodcom Survey to reduce burden on business
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