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AMT News – April 2017 interactive pdf
 - The MFG Meeting 2017
 - Market Data Review - Signs of recovery begin to bloom
 - MTInsight - Introducing a new Advanced Workholding app
 - MPETAC update: Export controls for materials processing equipment
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Market Data Review - April 2017
Many key economic indicators are showing strong, positive signs for our industry. The Purchasing Managers’ Index moved up for the sixth consecutive month, suggesting continued expansion of the manufacturing sector. February’s 57.7 is the highest level for the index since August 2014. Another key growth indicator for the manufacturing technology market is the expansion of cutting tool shipments — the consumables that go onto the capital equipment.  (more)
Mexico: Still a strong export destination despite uncertainty
In 2017, Mexico will present many challenges and opportunities. While there has been a lot of press regarding the current situation in Mexico, the truth is when talking to an average Mexican you see no major change in the economy over the last eight years. After coming out of a sharp decline in 2008 due to the financial crisis, the Mexican economy has grown by 2 percent (or more) every year.  (more)
Why closed-loop design needs standards
Artificial intelligence is an up-and-coming application space for the Internet of Things. More specifically, the notion of self-aware machines or systems that can learn from their own environment and adapt on the fly are gaining wider acceptance as a feasible future state. The seemingly mundane world of communication standards and protocols is playing a key part in technology development because critical infrastructure is still missing.  (more)
AMT recognizes and congratulates twelve new CMTSEs
On March 15, 12 Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer candidates became official CMTSEs upon passing their certification exam. The new CMTSEs were the first to utilize our online exam platform developed in partnership with ToolingU/SME.   (more)
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3D Printer Donated to Imperial Estates Elementary School with Proceeds from Miles for Manufacturing 5K
On April 17, Titusville, FL, Mayor Walt Johnson, Imperial Estates Elementary School Principal Kathryn Lott, and her students accepted a MakerGear 3D printer donated with proceeds from the Miles for Manufacturing 5K held in March during The MFG Meeting in Amelia Island, FL. The 3D printer was presented by Greg Jones, Vice President, Smartforce Development, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.   (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 4.5% in February
February U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $174.98 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 (CTMR) collaboration, was up 1.1% from January’s $173.05 million and up 0.6%  when compared with the total of $173.88 million reported for February 2016. With a year-to-date total of $348.02 million, 2017 is up 4.5% when compared with 2016.  (more)
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for February 2017
U.S. manufacturing technology orders increased more than expected in February, up 19.6 percent from January, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders were up 1.7 percent year over year.   (more)
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology Elects New Board of Directors and Officers
The AMT board of directors, which represents more than 600 builders and distributors of machine tools, manufacturing machinery and related products, named Ronald S. Karaisz II to serve as Chairman. Mr. Karaisz is president of three companies: Kar Enterprises, Inc., Hydromat of Michigan LLC, and Novi Precision Products, Inc., all located in Brighton, Mich. He follows Chairman Richard L. Simons, President/CEO of Hardinge Inc., located in Elmira, N.Y.  (more)
March 13, 2017 - USMTO News Release for January 2017 Manufacturing Technology Orders

U.S. manufacturing technology orders declined in January, dropping 40.7 percent compared to December and 11.4 percent compared to January 2016, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

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Manufacturing bill advances, other priorities delayed
By Amber Thomas, Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology The Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act passed the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and is now headed to the full...   (more)
NIST highlights manufacturing
We love this NIST graphic, which shows specific facts on the importance of manufacturing in the United States. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small- and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help...   (more)
A closer look: tax proposals come to the table
By Amber Thomas, Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Since the election, there has been increased commentary on the prospects for comprehensive tax reform in the 115th Congress. The election of...   (more)
Get to Know the President’s Manufacturing Appointees
By Amber Thomas, Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Trump appointed Harvard Economist Peter Navarro to lead the White House National Trade Council and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris to...   (more)
Five tips to boost your company’s Confidence Quotient in 2017
Implementing a business strategy, cultivating customers and encouraging a talented team – it all requires self-assured leadership in the face of pressure. We all have different management styles, and it’s easy to feel uncertain in times of change. Here are...   (more)
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Industry News - April 2017
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Change or die: The future belongs to the innovators
“You can’t escape death, taxes … and change,” said MFG Meeting 2017 Speaker Kirk Rogers, Technology Leader of GE's Center for Additive Technology Advancement. Change and innovation were two of the predominant messages presented over the three-day MFG meeting held in sunny Amelia Island, Fla.    (more)
Less dance, more marriage: The customer-salesperson bond
In today’s fast-paced business world, it is important to have a strong bond between the customer and the company. This can be best done by the salesperson. Everyone else in the company has many other responsibilities, but for the salesperson the customer is their main responsibility.  (more)
Master Chemical Corporation Announces Master Fluid Solutions Name Change And New Responsive Display Website
Master Chemical Corporation, a leader in the metalworking fluids industry, announces a change in name to Master Fluid Solutions. The change reflects the company’s commitment to their vision. Master Fluid Solutions also announces their new responsive display website created to better serve the needs of their customers and distributors.  (more)
SFA 20th Anniversary is Around the Corner
Shop Floor Automations reflects on nearly 20 years in business and looks at what 2017 has in store.   (more)
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