U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Decreases in June

Cutting tool consumption increased compared to prior month.

June U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $175.4 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 5.8 percent from May's total and down 7.1 percent from June 2015.

With a year-to-date total of $1 billion, 2016 is down 8.8 percent when compared with 2015.

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 the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools.

“Certainly seeing a jump in shipments between May and June is welcome news but we saw this same event last year only to be disappointed again by July shipments," said Steve Stokey, President of USCTI. "All indicators continue to point to a weak outlook as we search for a bottom to the current trend.”

“U.S. manufacturing continues facing strong headwinds due in part to a slowly expanding economy and a relatively strong value of the U.S. dollar,” says Bill Strauss, senior economist and advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, Illinois. “The auto industry continues to out-perform and appears to be more resilient to these headwinds, while machinery and metal producers have struggled, although it appears that even these sectors may be at a nascent stage of recovery.”

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