Previously, India was ranked as the ninth largest manufacturer in the world.
Data from UNIDO’s Yearbook shows that the Manufacturing Value Added (MVA) in India climbed by 7.6 per cent in 2015, compared to the previous year.
“India is now the sixth largest manufacturer in the world”, the UNIDO report said.
The quarterly index of industrial production (IIP) for Asia’s third biggest economy showed that manufacturing output climbed by 1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the same period a year ago.
Meanwhile, global manufacturing growth slowed to 2.8 per cent in 2015 reflective of a weakening world economy.
“This slowdown could be due to reduced manufacturing growth rates recorded by major developing and emerging economies”, the report added.
After China, which is the world’s biggest manufacturer, the US, Japan, Germany and Korea are ranked second, third, fourth and fifth on the list of the largest global manufacturing countries, with Indonesia in tenth place.
In a bid to bolster India’s manufacturing prowess, the NDA government in 2014 unveiled its flagship ‘Make in India’ program to help make India a global manufacturing and investment hub by easing rules of doing business in the country including accelerating key structural reforms.