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U.S. Manufacturing PMI Now Highest Since April 2011

September 06
00:05 2017
    U.S. Manufacturing PMI Now Highest Since April 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August, and the overall economy grew for the 99th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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July U.S. Industrial Production Ticks Up

August 17
11:34 2017
    July U.S. Industrial Production Ticks Up

Following a six-month string of increases beginning in September 2016, factory output was little changed, on net, between February and July, Industrial Distribution reports.

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GM Sales Tumble as Cars Stop Fueling US Growth

August 02
11:32 2017
    GM Sales Tumble as Cars Stop Fueling US Growth

The 15% drop last month for GM was its steepest since May 2016, and neither Ford nor Fiat Chrysler fared much better. As one analyst told Industry Week, “You can’t jawbone the economy.”

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Auto Manufacturing and Automation Are Booming in Mexico

July 12
13:07 2017
    Auto Manufacturing and Automation Are Booming in Mexico

A visit to the country’s Bajío region finds a thriving car ecosystem, according to a report published by the MIT Technology Review.

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After Years of Growth, Automakers Cutting U.S. Jobs

July 05
12:25 2017
    After Years of Growth, Automakers Cutting U.S. Jobs

After a prolonged recovery that culminated in two years of record sales, the American auto industry is slowing down, the New York Times reports.

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Smart Factories To Grow, Add To Global Economy

June 26
10:40 2017
    Smart Factories To Grow, Add To Global Economy

Manufacturers expect investments in smart factories will drive a 27% increase in their operation efficiency over the next five years.

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Aerospace Components Manufacturer Eyes US Acquisitions

June 19
13:42 2017
    Aerospace Components Manufacturer Eyes US Acquisitions

Anthony Bidco Ltd “eyeing acquisition opportunities in the U.S. after sales reached a record high,” according to Insider.

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TransDigm’s Shares Fall as Senator Seeks Probe

June 12
12:46 2017
    TransDigm’s Shares Fall as Senator Seeks Probe

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called for an investigation into the aircraft components supplier’s government contracts, Reuters reports.

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U.S. Manufacturing Growth Slows in April

May 01
10:26 2017
  U.S. Manufacturing Growth Slows in April

ISM index falls to 54.8% in April from nearly three-year high.

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NAM Manufacturers’ Index Hits New High

April 27
14:09 2017
  NAM Manufacturers’ Index Hits New High

National Association of Manufacturers’ Index jumps to 63.7, up from 53.3 in December.

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3-D Printed Titanium Shaving Millions in Boeing Dreamliner Costs

April 10
15:40 2017
  3-D Printed Titanium Shaving Millions in Boeing Dreamliner Costs

Boeing hired Norsk Titanium AS to print the first structural titanium parts for its 787 Dreamliner, paving the way to cost savings of $2 million to $3 million for each plane.

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U.S. Real GDP Up 2.1%

March 30
10:33 2017
  U.S. Real GDP Up 2.1%

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Modern Distribution Management.

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TM Robotics Partners with ASG To Sell Assembly Robots

March 27
12:34 2017
  TM Robotics Partners with ASG To Sell Assembly Robots

ASG will offer Toshiba Machine robots in both national and international markets.

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Report: Metal Bonding Adhesives Market At $7.7b by 2021

March 23
11:29 2017
  Report: Metal Bonding Adhesives Market At $7.7b by 2021

Automotive & transportation segment is the fastest-growing application segment of the metal bonding adhesives market.

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Reshoring: By the Numbers

March 22
10:24 2017
  Reshoring: By the Numbers

“Part of the reshoring picture is that increasing foreign labor costs and better automation in the U.S. , is bringing back jobs,” Industry Week reports. “In fact manufacturing has brought back more jobs than any other industry in the past five years.”

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Millennials Upbeat on Manufacturing’s Future

March 21
14:06 2017
  Millennials Upbeat on Manufacturing’s Future

Increased optimism and changing perceptions about the industry could help turn the tide on a nationwide skills shortage.

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Manufacturers Worry As Trump Budget Omits Infrastructure Details

March 20
10:46 2017
  Manufacturers Worry As Trump Budget Omits Infrastructure Details

Analysts question what little details of a spending plan are available, while congressional Republicans voice concerns about a $1 billion proposal that mirrors the Obama administration’s “stimulus” efforts, Industrial Distribution reports.

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Hyundai Recalls 1 Million Cars With Possibly Defective Seatbelts

March 16
23:14 2017
  Hyundai Recalls 1 Million Cars With Possibly Defective Seatbelts

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fastener for the front driver and passenger seatbelt anchors may not have been fully latched during assembly.

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Swiss Steel AG Sets Course for Steel Production 4.0

March 14
10:54 2017
  Swiss Steel AG Sets Course for Steel Production 4.0

To meet future customer demands for wire rod products and greater coil weights, Swiss Steel has invested €8.5 million at its Emmenbrucke site in Switzerland, according to Fastener + Fixing.

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ASTM Calls for Nominations

March 13
11:06 2017
  ASTM Calls for Nominations

Program will provide free airfare and lodging this year for up to 24 participants to attend a leadership development workshop held during an ASTM International conference – “committee week” – where technical experts in their industries create and revise standards.

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