The Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) News Release 
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Pat McGibbon, AMT, 703-827-5255
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Susan Orenga, USCTI, 216-241-7333
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2019

 U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 13.2 Percent In November

 

November 2018 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $209.42 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 collaboration, was down 6.3 percent from October’s $223.46 million and up 13.2 percent when compared with the $184.97 million reported for November 2017. With a year-to-date total of $2.28 billion, 2018 is up 12.9 percent when compared with 2017.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools.

“November 2018 Cutting Tool Industry data continues to supports strong sales. Increasing raw material prices and skilled labor shortages have taken their toll in the short run but have not hurt the increased performance of 2018 when compared to 2017. The market continues to watch trade negotiations that have dragged into 2019, and the potential impact they could have on manufacturing,” said Brad Lawton, Chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group.

According to Steve Stokey, Executive VP and Owner of Allied Machine and Engineering and Chairman of AMT Board of Directors, “The numbers for November are very encouraging. We are seeing the same trends from Month/Month that we saw in 2017. The Year/Year and YTD/YTD are still strong. All signs point to continued growth in 2019 but with a cautious eye on how oil prices, tariffs, and interest rates impact consumer confidence. Low unemployment continues to offer challenges to finding qualified talent. This is good news for those in the workforce.”

The Cutting Tool Market Report 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.

The graph below includes the 12-month moving average for the durable goods shipments and cutting tool orders. These values are calculated by taking the average of the most recent 12 months and plotting them over time.
 


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AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology LogoAMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

The United States Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) was formed in 1988 and resulted from a merger of the two national associations representing the cutting tool manufacturing industry. USCTI works to represent, promote, and expand the U.S. cutting tool industry and to promote the benefits of buying American-made cutting tools manufactured by its members. The Institute recently expanded its by-laws to include any North American manufacturer and/or remanufacturer of cutting tools, as well as post-fabrication tool surface treatment providers. Members, which number over 80, belong to seven product divisions: Carbide Tooling, Drill & Reamer, Milling Cutter, PCD & PCBN, Tap & Die, Tool Holder and All Other Tooling. A wide range of activities includes a comprehensive statistics program, human resources surveys and forums, development of product specifications and standards, and semi-annual meetings to share ideas and receive information on key industry trends.

 

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