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CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

US cutting tool orders year-to-date total 4% over 2023

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Year-to-date shipments of cutting tools in the US total $1.06 billion. IMAGE: BIG DAISHOWA

Shipments of cutting tools, measured by the Cutting Tool Market Report compiled in a collaboration between AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology and the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI), were $214.4 million in May 2024.

Orders decreased 0.1% from April 2024 but grew by 1.8% over May 2023. Year-to-date shipments totaled $1.06 billion, up 4% from shipments made in the first five months of 2023.

“May’s results indicate that production levels remain strong, but I think the historically high numbers can be somewhat attributed to inflation,” observed Jack Burley, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group. “Backlogs are coming down, and most job shops are no longer working overtime, but they’re still dependent on the core customer base they support. A side benefit is that shops now have time to test new products and work on process improvements rather than focusing on hitting their shipments every week.”

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 US manufacturing activity, as it is a true measure of actual production levels.

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