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By IMM Staff
Published: August 24th, 2010

Current data from The Repton Group LLC on key injection molding end markets. Click here.


Signs of slippage continue in monthly manufacturing report

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

What the medical device industry will look like in 2020

By Norbert Sparrow
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.

Who's #WINNING in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal?

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

September ISM manufacturing report proof that economy is still sliding

By Clare Goldsberry
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%.

Automotive supplier sentiment drops, pushed downward by markets in China

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

New survey of manufacturing and purchasing executives reveals optimism

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

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Manufacturing slowing, but plastics and rubber sector inches back into growth territory

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

U.S. demand for specialty films to reach $8.4 billion in 2019

By Kari Embree
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.

The manufacturing emperor's new clothes

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

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