This is the seventh edition of our annual Executive Survey, where manufacturers' look at the growth opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, and our first in partnership with AIG. We take a look at companies' expectations for growth in their business, across the UK economy and globally, and their headline predictions are outlined below.
Our survey also provides an early warning of some of the issues that could knock these predictions - which are largely positive for 2018 - off track. Some standout developments for 2018 include the inevitable cornucopia of challenges that could come with the ramping up of Brexit negotiations.
But outside of domestic politics, as manufacturers have been investigating what the fourth industrial revolution means for their business, their heightened awareness of the risk of cyber-attacks is clearly evident this year.
We've seen the agility and responsiveness of UK manufacturers in the face of a host of economic developments in our surveys over the past six years and again we see companies putting in place defensive and offensive business strategies to make the best of whatever is in store in 2018.