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Manufacturing’s PMI Momentum Slows in February

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The Manufacturing Purchasers Managers’ Index (PMI) for the month of February indicates a decrease in optimism for the manufacturing and service sectors. A PMI produced by surveying the purchasing executives of about 300 companies. The objective of the PMI is to indicate the growth of the industry by gauging the activity of production managers in the market. The market indicator is based on a reading in which 50 indicates no change, below 50 indicates a loss for the month, and above 50 represents expansion compared to the previous month.

This month’s PMI stood at 54.3. That’s a drop from last month’s 55.

(source: http://marketrealist.com/2017/02/february-flash-manufacturing-pmi-indicate-united-states/ )

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The expectation for February was that the PMI would follow the steady increase of the gauge that had continued since November. February’s PMI was predicted to rise to 55.3 but fell short of expectations.

Production rates grew slower this month than last month while new order growth and output showed a minimal increase. Domestic demand is critical towards showing improvement in the PMI analysis, and some investors may be starting to demonstrate concern about overall economic growth.

The PMI is important to not only investors but to the manufacturing industry’s decisions. Production decisions are made using this gauge, new order purchase decisions and the purchase of raw materials required for the process. Suppliers also invest in PMI analysis to set prices and predict demand for its products. The decrease of new orders indicated in this month’s

PMI may mean that manufacturers may have to lower prices and demand lower cost for parts purchasing.

All in all, this month’s PMI did demonstrate an increase in payroll figures, and the economy overall has shown a 2.5% increase. For now, there’s nothing to cause extreme worry and this month could be an indicator of preparation from manufacturers in the United States for the upcoming months. After the recent continual increase, there is a bit of blow back this month with the loss of momentum.  We are still resting on an overall general increase in the PMI. However, it’s clear from these results that the industry is responding to the ever-changing climate of the market.

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An Upbeat Message Given During the State of Manufacturing Tour

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Recently, throughout the United States, there has been a lot of talk about the importance of manufacturing in the American economy. The manufacturing industry provides quality products and jobs to millions of workers with families as well as a firm foundation for our economic prosperity and growth. This same message is being delivered by the State of Manufacturing tour this year. It started February 23rd in Austin, Texas, continues today in Pittsburgh, and will end tomorrow in Madison, Wisconsin. Its goal is to motivate a real change in the way we view manufacturing, from new and upcoming workers to the laborers that have been in the industry for years looking to adapt towards the modernization process. To do this, the State of Manufacturing tour kicked off this year with its new slogan “Be the Solution.”

The tour went through many of the country’s industrial hubs in Texas, New York, Michigan, and Ohio. One such visit included Covestro’s and G.E.’s facilities in Pittsburgh. The tour started in Red Rock, Texas where Jay Timmons, CEO and President of the National Association of Manufacturers (N.A.M.) spoke of the “story of modern manufacturing.” Its narrative is extensive and ingrained within the millions of people involved in the manufacturing economy of the United States.  These individuals and their families, their towns, their regions rely on the strength of manufacturing to provide them with jobs and stimulate their local economies.

Mr. Timmons and N.A.M. are sending the message that the revitalization of the manufacturing economy is coming and we as manufacturers must be prepared to be part of the solution. And though there is a lot to navigate in the uncharted terrain of modern manufacturing, there are companies in the United States that are easing this transition for workers. Upscaling jobs as technological development increases, upskilling jobs as the need to increment workers’ abilities rises, and preparing those jobs for full-proof stability in the future for workers: this is the message of N.A.M. for today’s companies. And corporations are following suit, changing policies and prioritizing the innovation of American manufacturing to prepare it for the future.

N.A.M. coordinates with business leaders to help advance current policy-making decisions in D.C. and to communicate and facilitate these necessary steps towards the future of American manufacturing. The State of Manufacturing Tour this year has been a great motivation for American workers and companies to be involved in this process, providing a solid base for the men and women of modern American manufacturing.

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Can’t Miss Topics at AeroDef 2017

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This March 6th- 9th is one of the most important events in aerospace and defense manufacturing. AeroDef takes place in Fort Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  This city just so happens to be the epicenter of some of the top OEMs in the country for the aerospace and defense industry, including industry leaders like Lockheed Martin with their Aeronautics Fort Worth facility. With all its promising conferences and tours, here is a list of the “must see” topics at this year’s AeroDef.

Composites

Composites are becoming cheaper to make, more efficient to produce, and constantly increasing in quality. Whether you’re just starting to apply composite production in your manufacturing process, or looking for new approaches towards in automated picking, AeroDef has the conference for you. Each of the four days has a composite-based conference depending on your interest and schedule. Check the schedule out here.

Cyber Security Systems

As information technology in the workplace becomes more and more digitized and organized within internal and external company systems, there is, of course, a concern for security and threat identification within the production process. These security challenges can be quite complex, so AeroDef has plenty of conferences on the subject for you to protect your network.

Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing

Additive manufacturing is one of the most significant innovations of the manufacturing industry and much more so in the aerospace and defense industry. 3-D printing has brought with it a plethora of ideas and novel approaches to aeronautics and companies are taking advantage of these innovations. There will plenty of discussion on the subject, including one by Lockheed Martin on March 7th. Be sure to check out all you can!

Triumph Tours

One of the most exciting aspects of AeroDef is the tours. A few goliaths of the industry will be opening their doors, including Triumph Aerostructures on March 6th from 12:30- 4:00 pm. This is a chance to check out how the large global manufacturers approach the manufacturing process and apply innovative and new technologies. You shouldn’t miss it!

If this year’s AeroDef is as promising as other years, you’ll reap the benefits by attending these specific conferences that are taking place throughout the 4-day summit. There will certainly be a plethora of exhibits to check out while you’re waiting for that next conference to start. So, check out the floor plans beforehand and see what you’d be interested. Organize your time and strategize which events you’d like to attend by checking out all the details on Aerodefevent.com.

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