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November U.S. cutting tool consumption was $156 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was down 16.6 percent from October and down 7 percent from November 2012. Year-to-date shipments are $1.9 billion, down 3.9 percent from the same period in 2012.
These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals actually reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent about 80 percent of the U.S. market for cutting tools.
“The month-to-month comparison for November suffered in part due to strong sales in October,” said Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group.“The year-to-date comparison to 2012 shows a much more modest decline and was also fairly consistent from April or May through November, something anyone doing a forecast should appreciate.”
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.