Published: August 24th, 2010
Current data from The Repton Group LLC on key injection molding end markets. Click here.
Published: November 3rd, 2015
The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) Manufacturing Report on Business for October revealed yet another slippage in numbers. The October Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 50.1%, a decrease of 0.1% from September (50.2%). While fractional, it is nevertheless a drop that continues to signify slow going in the manufacturing sector.
Published: October 8th, 2015
The annual EvaluateMedTech World Preview report always contains an abundance of insights on where the medical technology industry is today and how it will look in the near future. The fourth edition, which was published earlier this week, is no exception.
Published: October 6th, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) received a green light on Monday, Oct. 5, and is destined to become what the New York Times called the "largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would tie together 40% of the world's economy." However, there are some hurdles to cross.
Published: October 2nd, 2015
You might say the manufacturing economy is slip slidin' away. With the completion of the third quarter, things aren't looking good. The September 2015 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) shows yet another slippage, to 50.2% from August's 51.1%. While that's only a drop of 0.9%, it's enough to support the trend that we've been seeing for several months. For example, the August Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) was down 1.6% from July's 52.7%; and July dropped from a June PMI of 53.5%.
Published: September 22nd, 2015
Automotive suppliers are pretty optimistic about vehicle production in the United States and Europe, but China's market is giving them the jitters. The September Supplier Sentiment Index (SSI) produced by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association with the support of Deloitte LLP, came in at 50, a drop of seven points from July's SSI. Of the 79 barometer respondents, a significant percentage of companies (52%) show an "unchanged" outlook over the past two months.
Published: September 21st, 2015
Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized manufacturers headquartered in Chicago, announced the findings of its 14th edition of the Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey, revealing financial projections and procurement insights from more than 750 U.S. manufacturing companies. The results show continued optimism about revenues and employment, as well as increasing demand for flexibility and responsiveness in supply chains. Confidence in growing revenues extends into 2016, according to the study.
Key findings include:
Published: September 5th, 2015
While the Institute for Supply Management's Manufacturing ISM Report on Business says the "manufacturing sector expanded," the data gathered for the August report show otherwise. With the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) at 51.1%, a drop of 1.6 percentage points from July's 52.7%, manufacturing is getting perilously close to that 50% demarcation between contraction and expansion.
Published: September 2nd, 2015
In a recent study from The Freedonia Group Inc. (Cleveland, OH), the industry market research firm forecasted U.S. demand for specialty films to rise 4.8% annually totaling $8.4 billion by 2019. Spurring this growth is the increased need for high value, technologically advanced materials that provide characteristics, such as barrier properties, controlled permeability, light control, and electrical conductivity or resistivity.
Published: August 26th, 2015
It seems that the recent stock market slide is bringing to light some truths that have long been suspected by manufacturers and economists alike: The emperor is naked.