The results, released by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, found that the number of respondents buying direct goods such as raw materials and components had declined year-on-year from 25% to 23%. Only 3% made "significant use" of e-business for such procurement.
This compares with the US where 60% of firms source direct goods on the Internet, according to Forrester figures cited in the report.
The report indicated that UK manufacturing is focusing on core business and re-examining IT investments in difficult trading conditions.
While this may lower costs in the short term, it defies analyst opinion that IT investment can cut costs.