SINGAPORE: Boosted by the strong performance in the electronics cluster, Singapore's July manufacturing output was up 21 per cent compared to a year ago - the 12th straight month of growth.
Manufacturing output increased 1 per cent month-on-month in July, according to the figures released by the Economic Development Board (EDB) on Friday (Aug 25).
Excluding the more volatile biomedical sector, output went up by 4.9 per cent.
The electronics cluster’s output increased 49.1 per cent year-on-year. Growth in semiconductors and computer peripherals outperformed the rest of the sector with growth of 67.6 per cent and 18.9 per cent, respectively.
However, output of the other electronic modules & components and data storage output declined 5.2 per cent and 27.2 per cent, respectively.
The precision engineering cluster also posted strong growth at 21.8 per cent, with the machinery and systems growing 25.4 per cent due to higher export demand for semiconductor-related equipment.
Biomedical manufacturing output grew 5 per cent largely led by the medical technology segment, which expanded 17.7 per cent on the back of strong export demand for medical devices.
The general manufacturing industries cluster increased 4.9 per cent year-on-year in July, with the food, beverages & tobacco segment up 14.8 per cent with higher production of beverages and milk products.
But the miscellanous industries dipped 1.3 percent with lower production of construction-related materials and the output of printing companies contracted 9.5 per cent.
The chemicals cluster’s output was up by 4.8 per cent, with petrochemicals jumping by 20.3 per cent. The strong growth in petrochemicals was mainly due to the low base in July last year as some plants had maintenance shut down, EDB said.
The transport engineering cluster’s output increased 2.3 per cent, aided by an expansion in the land transport and aerospace segments at 21 per cent and 14.1 per cent, respectively.
The marine & offshore engineering segment remained weak though, declining 9.1 per cent.