UK manufacturing output rose by 0.8% in September, according to official figures.
This is the biggest monthly increase since April 2014.
Despite the increase, manufacturing output was still down 0.6% from the same month last year.
The wider measure of industrial production fell 0.2% in September, but was 1.1% higher than a year earlier.
Ms Lee Hopley, chief economist at the manufacturers' organisation, the EEF, said: "While manufacturing contracted in the last quarter, there are signs that some parts of industry at least were mounting a comeback after a summer lull."
She added, though, that there were risks from the economic slowdown happening elsewhere around the world: "Another disappointing set of trade figures for manufacturing show that these effects are already being felt, with a significant fall in goods exports to China over the past three months."