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US cutting tool consumption up 3.2% in July

McLean, VA - US cutting tool consumption for the month of July 2013 totalled $159.5 million, according to the US Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies...


McLean, VA – US cutting tool consumption for the month of July 2013 totalled $159.5 million, according to the US Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 3.2% from June’s total but down 0.2% from July 2012.

Year-to-date shipments are $1.17 billion, which is down 7.2% 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 CMTR program. The totals here represent about 80% of the US market for cutting tools.

“Most economic indicators for manufacturing for July were in line with cutting tools, showing small improvement for the month,” said Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group. “Key customer industries such as motor vehicles are poised for a strong autumn.”

The Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) provides a monthly statement on US manufacturers’ consumption of the primary consumable in the manufacturing process – the cutting tool. Analysis of cutting tool consumption is leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in US 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 US-based manufacturers of cutting tool technology.