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Manufacturing Technology Orders See Largest Streak in Over 23 Years

December 28, 2021, 07:10 AM
Filed Under: Manufacturing

New orders of manufacturing technology totaled $571.5 million in October 2021, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. October orders declined 3.6 percent from September 2021 but increased by 50.2 percent over October 2020. Total orders in 2021 nearly reached $4.7 billion, a 53 percent increase over 2020. The three consecutive months ending in October totaled $1.7 billion, the largest three-month total since April 1998.

“The manufacturing technology market is flourishing in the current economic environment. Unfortunately, the impact on the bottom line isn’t as significant,” said Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT. “Our members are caught between higher material, component, and transportation costs and a customer base that is resisting price increases. This is an issue that will only grow worse if Federal Reserve actions this winter lead to higher interest rates. I believe it would be counterproductive to tighten monetary policies and raise the cost of expanding capacity at a time when our nation is experiencing an unparalleled supply chain disruption.”

The U.S. manufacturing technology market growth rate of 53 percent over 2020 levels is outstanding. It is particularly exciting because the critical component producers and industries hit hard by offshoring in the 1990s are driving this expansion through dramatic investments to expand U.S.-based capacity. These industries increased capital expenditure investment by multiples of previous years, far exceeding October’s market mean of 53 percent. The current level of manufacturing technology orders signals a start of manufacturers reinvesting in American based production and strengthening of U.S. manufacturers’ supply chains.

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