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General Science and Engineering Indicators
R&D Investment Patterns
S&E Workforce Development
Knowledge Output

Selected Education Indicators
High School Completion Patterns
High School Teachers
Higher Education Enrollments

Selected Global Marketplace Indicators
R&D share of GDP in Selected Countries
Annual Productivity Growth in Selected Countries
World Share of Value-Added Revenues of High-Technology Manufacturing
World Share of Value-Added Revenues for Market-Oriented, Knowledge-Intensive Services


The United States has the lead in 4 of the 5 high-technology manufacturing industries and has maintained a 35% share of world revenue of all high-technology manufacturing industries since 2001.

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Why is this indicator important?

  • Policies in many countries reflect beliefs that investment in science and technology (S&T) supports industry's competitiveness in international trade.
  • The OECD has identified 10 industries that have a particularly strong linkage to S&T.

Key Observations

  • The United States has the highest value-added revenue in all high-tech manufacturing sectors except office and computing machinery.
  • China's share of high-technology manufacturing revenue has more than quadrupled during the past decade. Estimates for 2005 show China accounting for 16% of world value-added revenue, making it the third-ranked country globally.
  • Japan is ranked second globally in high-technology manufacturing revenue, with 16.1% of world value-added revenue. Its world share in these industries fell sharply from 30% in 1989 to this 2005 estimate.

Related Discussion

  • High-technology industries are driving growth in manufacturing activity worldwide. Between 1986 and 2005, the growth rate of high-technology industries was more than double the rate of other manufacturing industries (SEI 2008 Chapter 6).
  • U.S. manufacturing has become more technology-intensive, with the high-technology share of manufacturing industries increasing from 14% in 1990 to 24% in 2005 amidst rising overall manufacturing revenues (SEI 2008 Figures 6-12 and 6-13).