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AMT News - January 2017 - interactive pdf
 - The MFG Meeting: Where manufacturing and business leadership converge
 - Getting social: A basic guide to channels
 - New administration and Congress seize their opportunity
 - 2017 should be great – let’s get in shape!
       … and much more  (more)
AMT News - December 2016
 - Five tips to boost your company's Confidence Quotient in 2017
 - A post-election look at the manufacturing technology market
 - Planning for failure – necessary for success
 - Successful debut for AMT's first-ever Distribution Regional Summit
       … and much more  (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 five ideas you might consider to foster a resilient business.  (more)
Your new crystal ball: Introducing the U.S. Cutting Tool Industry and Economic Outlook
Running a successful business involves many different aspects and capabilities. An area that most companies would admit they need to improve is related to planning. Planning is vital to an organization for a variety of reasons, but what makes planning difficult is the ability to envision what might happen in the future. Understanding the scenarios that are likely to play out and preparing accordingly can take a business to the next level.  (more)
India – optimism, opportunity and growth
India is maintaining its position as the fastest growing major economy in the world. The Manufacturing PMI in October stood at 54.4, continuing its increasing trend since January this year when it was 51.1. A similar trend has been observed in the Business Confidence Index, which rose to 57.2 in the second quarter from 54.1 in the first quarter of 2016. According to a recent Grant Thornton International Business Survey Report, India ranks second in the Global Business Optimism Index.  (more)
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U.S. Cutting Tool YTD Consumption down 5.7% in November
November U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $168.69 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 down 0.2% from October’s $168.99 million and up 9.3%  when compared with the total of $154.28 million reported for November 2015. With a year-to-date total of $1.867 billion, 2016 is down 5.7% when compared with 2015.  (more)
January 9, 2017 - USMTO News Release for November Manufacturing Technology Orders
Manufacturing technology orders declined slightly in November 2016, dropping 2.4 percent compared to October, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. In total for the year, orders were down 5.1 percent compared to the same point in 2015.  (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool YTD Consumption down 6.9% in October
October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $168.99 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 down 1.6% from September’s $171.67 million and 4.7%  when compared with the total of $177.35 million reported for October 2015. With a year-to-date total of $1.698 billion, 2016 is down 6.9% when compared with 2015.  (more)
December 12, 2016 - USMTO News Release for October Manufacturing Technology Orders
Manufacturing technology orders saw year-over-year gains for the third consecutive month in October 2016, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.  Orders for the month were valued at $335.48 million, up 0.2 percent compared to the same month last year. Year to date, orders are down 5.6 percent compared to the same point in 2015.   (more)
IMTS and GIE Media Donate 3D Printers and $8,000 to Chicago Public Schools and Community Programs Focused on STEM
Miles for Manufacturing (M4M), a series of 5K races aimed at raising funds and awareness for STEM education and manufacturing careers, donated four MakerGear 3D printers and $8,000 to Chicago-area STEM schools and programs with the proceeds from its 5K held during IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.  (more)
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Apprentices: You’re hired!
By Greg Jones, VP- AMT Smartforce Development The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) recognizes apprenticeship programs where the competency that an apprentice learns is as important, if not more important than the amount of time an individual spends learning....   (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)
Will a New President Usher In a New Era in Washington?
By Amber Thomas, AMT Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Advocacy After two long years, the 2016 Presidential election is history. Donald Trump will be inaugurated in January as the 45th President of the United States. Most predicted a strong...   (more)
MFG Day shows off the spirit of American ingenuity
On MFG Day, I took my four school-aged children (15, 14, 12 and 8) to a MFG Day event at K-Form, a family-owned precision manufacturer, 30 miles west of Washington, D.C., to Sterling, VA. Seeing their reluctance, I explained, “We’re...   (more)
What does it mean to be a woman in manufacturing?
By Penny Brown, Director, AMT Marketing & Communications It was my fourth time at IMTS this year, and walking the halls in this most recent edition, I had two thoughts about the attendees. First: Wow, they are really getting younger! Second:...   (more)
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Tennessee Fab Shop Switches Gears with Jet Edge Waterjet Cutting Machine
Murrco Fabrication recently installed a Jet Edge waterjet to grow its business. Known for its racing pit boxes, the Franklin, Tennessee metal fabricator has entered into new markets with its waterjet cutting system, and has found a niche cutting parts for Nashville area homebuilders.    (more)
Coherent and Rofin are Now One
We are excited to welcome ROFIN-SINAR Technologies to the Coherent family. This merger is a significant milestone for our companies, and the industry as a whole.  (more)
Coherix Released 2016 Highlights and 2017 Outlook
Ann Arbor, Michigan, December 30, 2016 – Coherix, Inc., a global leader in Three-Dimensional (3D) Machine Vision, today released the highlights of the company in 2016 and outlook for 2017.  (more)
Hiring for the future
Many leaders in our industry are finding it difficult to attract and retain qualified, hardworking employees in today’s business environment. When looking for entry-level people, we are often flooded with resumes of people looking for a job, but not necessarily looking for their next career.  Sometimes in a hurry to immediately fill the position, we hire the person who best fits the job right now, but that person may not be the best person long-term for the company.    (more)
Successful debut for AMT’s first-ever Distribution Regional Summit
I am pleased to report that the recent AMT Distribution Regional Summit held at John Force Racing in Brownsburg, Ind., was a big success. Attended by more than 70 AMT members and guests, this first-time event focused on the unique challenges we all face in our manufacturing distribution businesses today.  (more)
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