U.S. Final Manufacturing PMI Ends 2020 at Six-Year High: IHS Markit

January 13, 2021

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U.S. Final Manufacturing PMI Ends 2020 at Six-Year High: IHS Markit
U.S. manufacturing activity picked up at its most brisk pace in more than six years in December, extending a recovery in the factory sector that has spurred the strongest pricing environment for goods producers since 2011 as the coronavirus pandemic upends supply-chain networks.



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LISTEN: MC Machinery Launches Podcast Series—Minds on Manufacturing
Metalworking and metal fabrication machine manufacturer MC Machinery has launched a new Minds on Manufacturing podcast, to cover timely topics in fabricating, machining and general manufacturing, and available on all major podcast platforms.  The first episode, launched in December, features Mark Bringle, technical sponsorship and marketing director at Joe Gibbs Racing, who provides a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing processes that have propelled several NASCAR drivers, including Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Marvin Truex, Jr. and Erik Jones, to victory.

The second episode features Lasernut president Cody Waggoner, who explains how he started and grew Lasernut into one of Southern California’s premier laser shops for the automotive industry.


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APSC Early-Bird Rate Ends January 15
PMA’s annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference (APSC) heads back to Detroit on April 28-29, 2021. Join your peers in the Motor City to discuss the latest developments in the auto industry and hear keynote presentations on the state of mobility, the global automotive market outlook and more. Early-bird registration rates end on January 15.



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Year Over Year, November Manufacturing Technology Orders Show Gains
U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $330.3 million in November 2020, a decrease of 13.3 percent from October but an increase of 1.4 percent from November 2019, the first positive year-over-year change since January 2019, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report published by AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology. Year-to-date orders totaled $3.39 billion, a decrease of 18.7 percent from the first eleven months of 2019.

According to Douglas K. Woods, president of AMT, “the share of total orders from job shops increased in November. This could be due to larger manufacturers and OEMs delaying investments in capital equipment until 2021 when they can expense these investments against expected higher tax rates.


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Small Parts, Inc. Names New President
Brannon Meagher has been named president of Small Parts, Inc., Logansport, IN, effective January 4, 2021. Meagher replaces Clay Barnes, the acting interim president for the past 18 months.


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FABTECH Call for Speakers Deadline Extended to January 29
Conference-speaker submissions for FABTECH 2021 are being accepted through January 29. Program managers seek speakers who excite, engage, inspire and implement practices that will enhance the attendee experience and learning opportunity. FABTECH technologies include stamping, additive manufacturing, automation, cutting, finishing, lean principles and lean tools, management, marketing, robotics, smart manufacturing, welding, and workforce development.


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Hot Off the Press
Arc-Welding Guns, Consumables Featured on New Bernard and Tregaskiss Joint Website
Interplex Acquires OCP Group
LVD Renames its North American Sales and Service Division
MicroCare to Launch New Website for Premium Cleaning, Coating and Lubricating Fluids
Charlotte-Based Metal Forming Company Stampsource Acquired by Phoenix Stamping Group


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Coming in the January-FebRuary Issue of MetalForming
Right-Sized Press Anchors Rapid Ramp-Up at Martinrea
A new 1000-ton transfer press, along with 40 new welding cells, have this Tier One facility primed to take on a heavy dose of new business awarded recently by several automotive OEMs. The new work encompasses some 200 new stamping dies for an array of automotive underbody and chassis components.

On the Precipice of the Smart Pressroom
As enhanced digital-communication tools make their way into presses and feed lines, complementing new developments in servo technology, metal stampers will find new ways to increase throughput, quicken setups, optimize maintenance procedures and decrease downtime.

Also in January-February
  • Industry Outlook
  • Servo Technology
  • Laser Cutting
  • Resistance Welding




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Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Bed, Die, Download, Forming, LASER, Lines, Point, Scrap, Slug, Stainless Steel, Stroke, Surface, Torque, Transfer
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