Most manufacturers do not believe the Government's policies are helping them, with many accusing the coalition of lack of support, according to a new study.
A survey of 1,000 firms by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) found that just one in seven believed the Government was performing well.
Three out of four of those polled said they believed the coalition was more committed to the financial sector than manufacturing.
Philippa Oldham of the IME said: "In the past 12 months what was a steady rise in manufacturing growth has turned into a slow crawl.
"The warm words about UK manufacturing we have been hearing over the past two years are starting to wear thin. It's time for the Government to engage with industry now to create a long-term industrial strategy that can put UK manufacturing, once the envy of the world, back on top."