Manufacturers across Europe and much of Asia delivered yet another month of robust growth in March. Despite exporters fearing the rise in US protectionism which could put a stop to global trade recovery, last month’s manufacturing growth results managed to round off a solid quarter for factories.

According to surveys on Monday, China ranked among the countries, with an official manufacturing index growing at the fastest pace in almost five years. The surveys also presented encouraging progress in Europe, Japan, India and most emerging nations in Asia.