India’s Manufacturing Sector Experiences Slowed Growth but Maintains Strong Performance

India’s manufacturing sector, a vital part of the country’s economy, has experienced a slowdown in growth, reaching a three-month low.

Despite this deceleration, the sector continues to perform above its long-term average, signaling resilience amid challenging conditions.

In January 2023, India’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing fell to 55.4 from 57.8 in December 2022.

Output and new orders, essential indicators of demand strength, showed slower growth compared to December, when the output reached a 13-month high.

Foreign demand, an important component for manufacturing growth, also saw a reduced increase, reaching a ten-month low in new international orders.

One major factor is the rising input costs. Manufacturers have faced increased prices for key inputs such as chemicals, electronic components, energy, metals, and packaging materials.