Forecasts for the UK economy suggest growth will be anywhere between 2% to 2.5% this year, and slightly above the higher end of this for 2017.
Meanwhile, the government tells us times are tough, but that with reform and hard work the economy can forge ahead.
One area that might not be doing much forging seems to be the production of steel; ministers' attitudes towards heavy industry appear somewhat telling, if the response to the decision by Indian conglomerate Tata to sell off its steel operations in Port Talbot is anything to go by.
Against this backdrop, domestic manufacturing remained “subdued” in March, according to research group Markit, whose Purchasing Manager's Index last month registered one of its weakest performances in the past three years.
Production was flat after February's seven-month low, and according to Markit, those output increases that were recorded were simply reflective of better inflows of new business.
It seems we have a productivity problem, although one area that seems immune from this is the automotive industry. New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed that nearly 519,000 new cars were registered last month, only the third time that such a figure in a single month has been recorded.
True, cars registered is not the same as cars produced, but it's an impressive figure and we still make a lot of them in this country.
Certainly anecdotal evidence suggests that suppliers into the automotive sector are operating at full tilt, with little or no sign that demand is going to slacken off any time soon.
Ministers point to UK car manufacturing and the related supply chain as evidence of the UK's manufacturing capability. They are not wrong to do so.
But many in the UK plastics sector take government pronouncements of support for wider domestic manufacturing with a pinch of salt.
It's true the government has a lot on its plate at the moment.
However, offering solid and practical support for the sector should remain firmly on its agenda.