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U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 10% in May
U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 10% in May

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May U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $215.13 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 5.6 percent from April’s $203.68 million and up 12.1 percent when compared with the $191.93 million reported for May 2017. With a year-to-date total of $999.82 million, 2018 is up 10.1 percent when compared with 2017.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals reported by the companies participating in the CTMRprogram. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools.

“The cutting tool industry continues to show improved growth in 2018. The ball is still rolling with positive numbers despite the chaos with global trade agreements,” said Brad Lawton, Chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group.

“The cutting tool results match overall economic indicators and continue to show strength in the manufacturing sector,” said Costikyan Jarvis, President of Jarvis Cutting Tools. “With cutting tools showing a 12.1 percent year-over-year growth, the PMI at 60.2 in June, and consumer confidence a strong 126.4 in June, it would indicate that the economic train is going nicely down the tracks. This should be a great time to be in manufacturing.


However, Jarvis added that “it would be impossible not to mention the tariffs and potential trade wars and how these issues have the possibility to derail the economic train. The 25 percent steel tariffs are only starting to be seen in the economy and it is not clear how the NAFTA negotiations will end. Additionally, we have picked fights with our North American neighbors, our NATO allies, and economies like China.

“It is a great concern how these costs and negotiations will alter the ability for American manufacturers to compete,” Jarvis said. “The opposing tariffs, which have already been created, will have a significant impact on the agricultural sector of the economy. This will inevitably trickle down to a reduced demand for the tractors, combines, and other equipment that is manufactured for the farms. How other costs affect the larger industries like the automobile and aerospace segments remains to be seen. As someone else said, ‘an eye for an eye can leave everyone blind.’”

The Cutting Tool Market Report is jointly compiled by AMT and USCTI, two trade associations representing the development, production and distribution of cutting tool technology and products. It provides a monthly statement on U.S. manufacturers’ consumption of the primary consumable in the manufacturing process – the cutting tool. Analysis of cutting tool consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in U.S. manufacturing activity, as it is a true measure of actual production levels.

Historical data for the Cutting Tool Market Report is available dating back to January 2012. This collaboration of AMT and USCTI is the first step in the two associations working together to promote and support U.S.-based manufacturers of cutting tool technology.

We have updated the graph below to include the 12-month moving average for the Durable Goods shipments and Cutting Tool orders. These values are calculated by taking the average of the most recent 12 months and plotting them over time.

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AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology LogoAMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

The United States Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) was formed in 1988 and resulted from a merger of the two national associations representing the cutting tool manufacturing industry. USCTI works to represent, promote, and expand the U.S. cutting tool industry and to promote the benefits of buying American-made cutting tools manufactured by its members. The Institute recently expanded its by-laws to include any North American manufacturer and/or remanufacturer of cutting tools, as well as post-fabrication tool surface treatment providers. Members, which number over 80, belong to seven product divisions: Carbide Tooling, Drill & Reamer, Milling Cutter, PCD & PCBN, Tap & Die, Tool Holder and All Other Tooling. A wide range of activities includes a comprehensive statistics program, human resources surveys and forums, development of product specifications and standards, and semi-annual meetings to share ideas and receive information on key industry trends.

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