Inquiry on manufacturing commodities

Description of the data collection

The inquiry on manufacturing commodities collects data on the value and volume of industrial production and industrial services of enterprises by commodity heading. The inquiry concerns the enterprise’s production in Finland. The production is reported by the actual manufacturer of a product. The data are primarily inquired from enterprises or establishments.

Value data on purchases of materials and supplies for industrial manufacturing (purchases on raw materials, semi-finished products, additives and supplies) in 2019 are collected from some enterprises in connection with the inquiry on manufacturing commodities and from some enterprises in autumn 2020 with a separate inquiry.

Industrial output statistics based on data collected with this inquiry are published in Statistics Finland’s PX-WEB/StatFin database system.

From whom are data collected?

The inquiry covers all enterprises with at least 10-20 employees and in certain cases smaller enterprises than this engaged in manufacturing activities (in the industries mining and quarrying = industry B, manufacturing = industry C).
Commodity statistics are based on the Statistics Act (280/2004) and the PRODCOM Regulation (Council Regulation (EEC) No 3924/91), which defines the survey concerning industrial production in the Community, as well as Regulation No 912/2004 of the European Commission.

Data processing

Statistics Act (Sections 12 ands 13) obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential. The data are used only for statistical purposes. By law, data collected for statistical purposes must be kept confidential. Statistics Finland uses the data for compiling statistics and for research. Data on individual enterprises are not released to third parties, other authorities included.

What are the data used for?

EU and Finland's industrial output: data on output are used by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Communities, and certain other international organisations (i.a. OECD, UN). The data are used by general government, organisations, research institutes and the business community both in Finland and abroad, especially in the EU countries, to monitor and analyse the development of manufacturing. In addition, data from commodity statistics are used as the weight structure of trend indicators (Volume Index of Industrial Output, Producer Price Index for Manufactured Products).

Data on purchases of raw materials are collected for the input-output and supply tables used in national accounts GDP calculation.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

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