U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 3.5% in May

By Erin Massey

Jul 11, 2014

According to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $169 million in May, 2014.

This total is a result of actual reporting from companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, which represent approximately 80 percent of the U.S. market for cutting tools.  The reports showed numbers down 3.5 percent from April's total and down 4.4 percent from May 2013.

Brad Lawton, Chairman of AMT's Cutting Tool Product Group said overall cutting tools shipments were down in May despite many other manufacturing indicators being positive in the same time period.

"This down month should be taken in context with that other data and an upward 3-month trend," he said.

The Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) 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  dates back to January 2012 and is available.  The collaboration between 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.