US cutting tool YTD consumption down 9.1% in May

US cutting tool YTD consumption down 9.1% in May

CTMR collaboration, was down 4.6% from April’s $173.64 million and down 4.1% when compared with the total of $172.81 million reported for May 2015.

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July 21, 2016

McLean, Virginia – May U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $165.68 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 4.6% from April’s $173.64 million and down 4.1% when compared with the total of $172.81 million reported for May 2015. With a year-to-date total of $855.45 million, 2016 was down 9.1% when compared with 2015.

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.

Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group, said “The cutting tool industry continues to show negative results for month-to-month and year-to-date sales performance, which reflects the anxiety in the nation’s manufacturing industry. This condition will more than likely continue through the end of 2016.”

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.

Source: USCTI & AMT