2022 BDO Manufacturing CFO Outlook Survey

In five years, the manufacturing industry will look unrecognizable.

The Industry 4.0 race is heating up and manufacturers’ digital destinies are diverging.

Global tax regulations are shifting and may have a profound impact on manufacturers’ business plans. Supply chains are under enormous pressure, but there are new chances to unlock value. BDO’s 2022 Manufacturing CFO Outlook Survey asked 100 manufacturing CFOs their plans for navigating the dynamic business landscape while enabling new growth and innovation.

Explore the survey findings to discover how manufacturing CFOs will overcome uncertainty and capture new opportunities in 2022

"The stakes are high for manufacturers in 2022. As the Industry 4.0 race narrows, international regulations evolve and global supply chains realign, the window is closing to gain a competitive edge. Over the next 12 months, the most successful businesses will make smart moves decisively and at scale to capture new opportunities and create above-average growth."

Manufacturing National Practice Leader, BDO USA and NAM Board Member


BDO’s 2022 Manufacturing CFO Outlook Survey polled 100 manufacturing industry CFOs with revenues ranging from $250 million to $3 billion in October 2021. The survey was conducted by Rabin Research Company, an independent marketing research firm, using Op4G’s panel of executives.

Company Type

50% Private

50% Public

Area of Operations

55% Global

45% U.S. only

Annual Revenue

14% $251M-$500M

29% $501M-$750M

36% $751M-$999M

16% $1B-Just under $2B

1% Over $3B


25% Automotive & transportation

14% Food & beverage

14% Electronics & computers

13% Apparel & textiles

11% Chemicals

10% Materials (metals, wood, paper, plastic, rubber)

8% Machinery

8% Aerospace & defense