Posted May 11, 2017

March U.S. cutting tool consumption rises

March U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $200.05 million, 14.3% higher than February’s $174.98 million and up 8.4% compared with $184.57 million reported for March 2016.

With a year-to-date total of $548.08 million, 2017 is up 5.9% when compared with 2016, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools.

“The cutting tool industry reported numbers are supporting the positive feelings that exist in the Domestic Market,” said Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group. “This is a very welcome improvement and support for the Trump Administration’s pro manufacturing policies”

Johan Israelsson, president of Sandvik Hyperion, added, “It is clear that there is a much stronger customer demand across all sectors of the global market that we serve. Although there is some tendency to rebuild inventories as one driver, we are also experiencing an underlying market growth. It is especially encouraging to see optimism within the Oil and Gas industry after a very difficult period.”