August U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $161.7 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 1.3 percent from July’s total but down 13.2 percent from August 2012.Year-to-date shipments are $1.33 billion, which is down 7.9 percent from the same period in 2012.
These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals actually reported by the companies participating in the CMTR program. The totals here represent about 80 percent of the U.S. market for cutting tools. “While U.S. manufacturing has demonstrated very modest growth through 2013, purchasing manager surveys point to a pickup heading towards 2014,” said Dave Povich, president of USCTI. “Cutting tool sales statistics suffered throughout the first half of the year due to some robust sales comps from 2012. These comps should turn more neutral to positive throughout the 3rd and 4th calendar quarters.”
The CTMR 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.