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MAPI: U.S. Manufacturing to Grow Faster Than Overal Economy

September 18, 2014, 06:30 AM
Filed Under: Manufacturing

U.S. manufacturing is poised for steady growth through 2016, according to the MAPI Foundation’s U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries. The MAPI Foundation is the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.

Manufacturing industrial production increased at a 4% annual rate in the first half of 2014 (and 5% in the three months ending July 2014) while inflation-adjusted GDP grew at a 0.9% rate.

The MAPI Foundation forecasts manufacturing production growth of 3.4% in 2014, 4.0% in 2015, and 3.6% in 2016. The 2014 forecast is an increase from 3.2% and the 2015 forecast is consistent with the June 2014 report. Manufacturing will continue to grow faster than the overall economy.

“The proximate cause for faster industrial growth is that demand has shifted toward manufactured goods,” wrote MAPI Foundation Chief Economist Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D. “Durable goods, equipment, and construction have long lives and therefore are temporarily postponable, especially during economic downturns and times of uncertainty.” He noted that the rebound in big-ticket consumer spending is supported by employment gains, households’ low debt burdens, and rising consumer wealth.

Meckstroth sees several growth themes creating an incentive for business investment, including energy infrastructure, residential and nonresidential construction, transportation equipment, and medical supplies and equipment.

The report offers economic forecasts for 23 of the 27 industries. MAPI anticipates that 19 will show gains in 2014, 3 will remain flat, and only 1—paper production—will decline. Growth leaders include construction machinery with 11% annual growth and housing starts with 10%.

The outlook brightens further in 2015, with growth likely in all 23 industries, led by housing starts at 29% and aerospace products and parts at 10%. Meckstroth offers an initial forecast for 2016, when all 23 industries are predicted to show gains. Housing starts should continue its strong advance with 18% growth, followed by electric lighting at 13% and private nonresidential construction at 12%.

According to the report, non-high-tech manufacturing production (which accounts for 95% of the total) is anticipated to increase 3.2% in 2014, 3.8% in 2015, and 3.2% in 2016. High-tech industrial production (computers and electronic products) is projected to expand by 4.7% in 2014, 8.5% in 2015, and 10.4% in 2016.

During the report period (May through July 2014 for most), 20 of the 27 industries MAPI monitors had inflation-adjusted new orders or production at or above the level of one year prior (the same as reported last quarter), while 5 declined and 2 were flat.

Meckstroth reported that 11 industries are in the accelerating growth (recovery) phase of the business cycle, 10 are in the decelerating growth (expansion) phase, 3 are in the accelerating decline (either early recession or mid-recession) phase, and 3 are in the decelerating decline (late recession or very mild recession) phase.

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