Manufacturing Trends Up in March and April 2011

Posted by CNC Reporter on May 4th, 2011.

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 21st consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 23rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 17 are reporting growth in April. Several of the fastest growing industries related to machining are:

  • #2 – Plastics & Rubber Products
  • #3 – Primary Metals
  • #5 – Fabricated Metal Products
  • #9 – Machinery
  • #15 – Miscellaneous Manufacturing

The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “The recent trend of rapid growth in the manufacturing sector continued in April as the PMI registered above 60 percent for the fourth consecutive month. The New Orders and Production Indexes continue to drive the PMI, as they have both exceeded 60 percent for five consecutive months. Manufacturing employment appears to have developed significant momentum, as the Employment Index readings for the first four months of 2011 are the highest readings in the last 38 years. Inventory growth also took place in April after two months of destocking; however, the inventory restocking would appear to be necessitated by the strong performance in new orders. While the manufacturing sector is definitely performing above most expectations so far in 2011, manufacturers are experiencing significant cost pressures from commodities and other inputs.”

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