Posted December 1, 2021

July cutting tool consumption up 25.5 percent

July 2021 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $162.3 million, down 5.7 percent from June's $172.1 million and up 25.5 percent when compared with the $129.4 million reported for July 2020.

With a year-to-date total of $1.1 billion, 2021 is up 4.6 percent when compared to July 2020, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

“The cutting tool industry continues to show year-over-year positive growth for 2021 from the low of the pandemic year. However, the last few months have slowed for many reasons and have produced an up-and-down performance because of disruptions to the normal business conditions," said Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group. "Supply chain shortages, labor shortages, inflation, weather disruptions, and of course, the continuing COVID effects have all played a part in the roller-coaster ride, but in the end, the manufacturing industry shows the demand for growth, and the cutting tool industry is poised to respond.”

Chris Kaiser, executive advisor of Big Kaiser, commented, “July’s cutting tool report slipped to the negative compared to the previous month, probably due to supply chain disruptions and summer vacations. On the positive side, the 12-month average follows durable goods, which is increasing slowly and may get to pre-pandemic levels by the end of Q1 2022. If cutting tool consumption follows the machinery order trend, which it normally does with a two to five-month lag time, we should see better numbers by year-end and a good start to 2022.”