April U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption up 1.3 percent
April 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $206.3 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 1.9 percent from March's $210.4 million and up 1.3 percent when compared with the $203.7 million reported for April 2018. With a year-to-date total of $837.4 million, 2019 is up 6.7 percent when compared with 2018.
 
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NEWS RELEASE: April 2019 U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Dip
U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $344.6 million in April 2019, the lowest April reading since 2016 when orders totaled $293.2 million. April 2019 orders declined 16.5 percent from March 2019 and were down 17.6 percent from April 2018, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders totaled $1.48 billion in the first third of 2019, 11.6 percent short of this point in 2018.    (more)
NEWS RELEASE: AMT Kicks Off 2019 with Hiring of New VP of Business Development
AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology announces today that Travis Egan has joined our organization as the Vice President of Business Development.  His focus will be introducing our current suite of innovative offerings to AMT members and developing new products, services, and markets.  (more)
Big changes in store for IIoT in 2019
What do security, ‘fog’ and edge computing, 5g cellular, and digital twins have in common? They’re among the critical opportunities and issues shaping the industrial Internet of things, which is the focus of the November webinar of the Manufacturing Tech Council.  (more)
Three big questions for a top nanotech expert

Examining the current state of nano and advanced materials. Exploring the future for manufacturers.

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AMT News - June 2019
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The future of distribution HAS ARRIVED.

Distributors are not immune to all the new technology buzzwords that are floating around business conversations these days—big data, robotics, AI, the cloud—and, like everyone else, they are wondering how their roles and jobs might be affected.

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What’s happening in the manufacturing technology market—globally?

Elsewhere in this edition of AMT News, there are summaries and articles on my outlook presented to IMTS exhibitors, Alan Beaulieu’s outlook presented at EASTEC, and Bill Strauss’s update presented to the MTForecast community. It really doesn’t make sense to give a fourth dose of the same news. The U.S. manufacturing landscape continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace. This development, in conjunction with concerns about trade policy impacts on exports, points to a decline in manufacturing technology orders in 2019 over 2018. 

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USTR increases Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports; proposes new tariffs

Since my last report, the U.S.-China trade negotiations that were widely expected to move forward suffered a serious setback. President Trump, unhappy with the progress, directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to increase tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on products covered by the September 2018 action resulting from current 301 investigation into China’s unfair trade practices. He also proposed a new round of tariffs if China refuses to honor commitments made over the course of the negotiations. 

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Six personality tests to help with hiring

Whether you are looking to hire a summer intern to help with social media or are one of many members looking for skilled workers, this article is for you.

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Founded in 1902, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents builders and distributors of manufacturing technology -- the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive. Located in McLean, VA, near the nation's capital, AMT acts as the industry's voice to speed the pace of innovation, increase global competitiveness and develop manufacturing's advanced workforce of tomorrow. With extensive expertise in industry data and intelligence, as well as a full complement of international business operations, AMT offers its members an unparallelled level of support. AMT also produces IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

AMT's goal is to provide the programs and services that will grow members' businesses in every facet - -product innovation, market expansion, employee development - and to represent and promote members and the manufacturing technology (MT) industry to the world at large. Find out if your company is eligible for AMT membership.

At AMT, we understand that our members have two main objectives in running their businesses – increasing sales and decreasing costs! Understanding this fundamental perspective, we strive to address this need in specific ways.
  • Providing access to markets in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Producing industry intelligence that will position your business for success and allow you to make informed decisions.
  • We bolster those core solutions with unique networking and engagement opportunities, by hosting industry events; advocating for the industry; building a Smartforce; and providing access to leading edge, and potentially disruptive, technologies.
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Anywhere in the world you want to be, AMT is uniquely positioned to build sales and support your business. AMT’s Global Services range from domestic business support to full-service tech centers.  We provide access to markets in the United States and around the world. 

Explore a foreign market by participating in an AMT/USA pavilion or AMT oversea technical center. Utilize an AMT foreign office or visit your potential customers where the purchasing decisions are made with AMT trade missions. 
Manufacturing Technology
tech trendsTech Trends addresses trends in manufacturing technology from three perspectives:
  • Newly accepted production technologies
  • Greatest needs and challenges still remaining
  • Areas of interest within R&D

Standards

MTConnect is an open communication standard that provides the capability to pass data from machine tools to higher level systems for further processing using the XML-based standard. 

The ANSI B11 series of American National Standards and Technical Reports deal with machine tool safety and specify requirements for both the suppliers and users of the machines.

The Metalworking Skill Standards are common skills and competencies a worker needs to perform well on the job.

 
Industry Intelligence
 
AMT produces industry intelligence that will position your business for success and allow you to make informed decisions.

Knowledge of the current and coming economic environment, as well as the manufacturing technology industry and its customers is the key to strategic planning. Gain this data and accompanying analysis from AMT's Global Forecasting & Marketing Package (GFMP).

We provide unique analysis of trends impacting your company, markets and customers. 
  • United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) - The only valid benchmark for market share and the best barometer of your customers' business. 
  • MTInsight allows you to visualize economic trends, pinpoint market share and review potential capital investment worldwide.
  • On-demand market research tailored to your company's needs
Contact AMT's industry and research analysts for your tailored research and to participate in any of AMT's benchmarking surveys