AMT News - October 2016

- It's almost time: manufacturers, make the vote
- AMT and SME announce new regional event partnership
- IMTS 2016: Excitement, Engagement, Success
- Are you leveraging all that IMTS 2016 had to offer?
      … and much more

October 10, 2016 - USMTO News Release For August Manufacturing Technology Orders

Manufacturing technology orders for August 2016 were up 15.9 percent compared to August 2015 and up 34.4 percent compared to July, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. 

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show today released the final numbers for IMTS 2016, which ran from September 12 – 17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. IMTS 2016, the 31st edition of the show, was the third largest in number of registrations (115,612) and in net square feet of exhibit space (1,370,256). This show hosted the highest number of exhibiting companies ever (2,407). After move in, the building was 76 million pounds heavier.  (more)
Leading Manufacturing Technology Associations Launch the China Chongqing International Machine Tool Show (CCIMT)
McLean, VA (September 14, 2016) – AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and the China Machine Tool and Tool Builders' Association (CMTBA) have announced the launch of the China Chongqing International Machine Tool Show (CCIMT) to be held November 13 – 16, 2017, at the Chongqing International Expo Center, Yubei, Chongqing, China.   (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool YTD Consumption down 9.9% in July
July U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $146.95 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 16.2% from June’s $175.35 million and down 17.2%  when compared with the total of $177.51 million reported for July 2015. With a year-to-date total of $1,177.75 million, 2016 is down 9.9%  when compared with 2015.  (more)
Opportunities Outweigh Challenges in China
Despite ongoing economic challenges, there are significant business opportunities in China’s tier 2 cities and previously untapped markets.  (more)
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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)
Will Engaging Students Revitalize Advanced Manufacturing?
Partners of the Smartforce Student Summit Challenges at IMTS 2016 sure think so.   WARDJet gave away two waterjets totaling $200,000 in value. WARDJet founder and owner, Rich Ward said, “We are excited about the impact this event (organizer of...   (more)
Time for Optimism? Manufacturing Technology Orders Grow
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for August 2016 showed a 34 percent increase in orders compared to July, and a 15.9 percent gain compared to August 2015. For the year, orders are down 12 percent compared to the same...   (more)
Why Manufacturing Needs More Students to Pursue a STEM Education
It is estimated that two million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled if more young people don’t seek an education in STEM and a career in manufacturing, according to the Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte for The Manufacturing Institute. Their findings are...   (more)
Summer Slump for July Orders
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for July 2016 showed a 24.8 percent decrease in orders compared to June, and a 23 percent decline in orders compared to the same point of 2015. The effects of a strong dollar, weakness...   (more)
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Founded in 1902, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology – represents and promotes U.S. based manufacturing technology. Our members are those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing.

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