Orders from abroad also put in their strongest performance since October 2011, with the automotive sector being the biggest contributor to the hike in exports.
Output grew at one of the strongest rates since survey records began in 1975. Optimism about output prospects also improved, with expectations for output growth over the coming three months at their strongest since September.
CBI Head of Economic Analysis Anna Leach (pictured) said: “The manufacturing sector shows continued signs of improvement with demand high and steady and output growing strongly.
“Growth is increasingly broad-based and firms’ growth expectations are the highest for several months.
“As the UK and global economies continue to strengthen over the coming months, we expect conditions to continue to improve for UK manufacturers and to increasingly feed through to business investment.”
Copyright Ken Hurst 2014