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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Shows Resilience with 10.8% Increase in May 2023

Hillary Cargo
By Hillary Cargo Senior Editor, SME Media

The U.S. cutting tool industry demonstrated resilience in May 2023, as reported by the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). With a total consumption of $210.6 million, the figures reveal a 10.8% growth from April and a substantial 20% increase compared to May 2022. These positive numbers indicate a promising trend for metal-cutting production despite market hesitancy towards new projects.

Steady Growth Amidst Economic Headwinds

According to Jack Burley, chairman of AMT's Cutting Tool Product Group and Committee, the steady growth in cutting tool consumption suggests that metal-cutting production has not experienced significant slowdowns. While some market hesitation exists for new projects, the overall direction remains positive. Tom Haag, president at Kyocera SGS Precision Tool, added that after a decline in demand each month through April, May showed signs of resilience in the cutting tool industry. Despite economic headwinds, the industry hopes to replicate the upward trend observed in 2022 during the summer months.

Cutting Tool Market Report

The Cutting Tool Market Report, a collaboration between AMT and USCTI, provides a monthly statement on the consumption of cutting tools by U.S. manufacturers. As the primary consumable in the manufacturing process, cutting tool consumption serves as a reliable indicator of manufacturing activity levels. The report's historical data, dating back to January 2012, offers valuable insights into industry trends. This joint effort between AMT and USCTI aims to promote and support U.S.-based manufacturers of cutting tool technology.


Moving Forward

While the cutting tool industry experienced some inconsistency earlier in 2023, the recent growth in May signifies a positive shift. As the industry navigates supply chain challenges, it remains poised for continued growth and stability. As summer months typically present a dip in activity due to automotive model changes and holidays, the industry remains hopeful that the upward trend observed in 2022 will prevail. By closely monitoring cutting tool consumption, manufacturers can stay informed about the state of U.S. manufacturing and make strategic decisions accordingly.

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