With a year-to-date total of $1 billion, cutting tool orders in the U.S. for 2023 is up 16.1% compared to the same time period in 2022. PHOTO courtesy Iscar.
U.S. cutting tool consumption in May was up 10.8% from April and up 20% year-over-year, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.
The cutting tool consumption for the U.S. in May totaled $210.6 million, compared to $190 million in April and $175.5 million reported for May 2022.
With a year-to-date total of $1 billion, 2023 is up 16.1% when compared to the same time period in 2022. The totals represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools.
“The cutting tool consumption in May indicates that metal-cutting production has not been drastically affected yet by a slowdown,” stated Jack Burley, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group and Committee. He added, “There is some hesitancy from the market for new projects, but overall, we are still trending in the right direction.”
Tom Haag, president at Kyocera SGS Precision Tool, spoke on the cutting tool industry’s May growth, saying, “The cutting tool industry remains inconsistent after 2023 started strong, but demand seemed to decline each month through April. Now May is showing some resilience. The common buzzword for the cause of this variation is ‘supply chain.’ Looking to the summer, July and August generally trend down due to automotive model changes and summer holidays. However, 2022 trended upward, so we hope to see a repeat performance despite economic headwinds.”
The Cutting Tool Market Report is jointly compiled by AMT and USCTI, two trade associations representing the development, production, and distribution of cutting tool technology and products. It provides a monthly statement on U.S. manufacturers’ consumption of the primary consumable in the manufacturing process – the cutting tool. Analysis of cutting tool consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in U.S. 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 U.S.-based manufacturers of cutting tool technology.
The graph above includes the 12-month moving average for the durable goods shipments and cutting tool orders. These values are calculated by taking the average of the most recent 12 months and plotting them over time.