U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Closes 2016 With Strong December

December cutting tool consumption was up 4.4 percent from November and up 12.5 percent year-over-year — the fastest YoY growth rate since December of 2014.

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MCLEAN, VA — December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 4.4 percent from November’s $168.69 million and up 12.5 percent when compared with the total of $156.5 million reported for December 2015. With a year-to-date total of $2.04 billion, 2016 is down 4.3 percent 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.

"The cutting tool market data continues to show signs of strengthening," says Steve Stokey, President of USCTI. "There is a great deal of positive chatter in most manufacturing sectors that would indicate there are high expectations for 2017. This should drive higher demand for cutting tools."

Steve Kline, Jr., Director of Market Intelligence at Gardner Business Media adds to the positive forecast by stating that "Cutting tool orders improves the last five months of 2016. In three of the last five months, cutting tool orders increased compared with year prior levels. In fact, December increased 12 percent, which was the fastest rate of growth since December 2014. Gardner’s metalworking business index leads cutting tool orders by six to 12 months. The index has been improving for some time. In January, the index showed that the metalworking industry grew for the first time in nearly two years. Therefore, I expect cutting tool orders to increase in 2017."

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.

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