none

US MANUFACTURING COMES ALIVE IN 2016

27-01-2016
by 
in 

US manufacturing activity has roared back to life in a promising start to 2016.

Markit economics’ preliminary US manufacturing purchasing manager’s index (PMI) for January was 52.7, beating the forecast for 51.

The prior reading was a 38-month low of 51.2. (A reading above 50 indicates expansion).

The manufacturing sector rally follows a series of setbacks in 2015 when the US dollar rallied, global demand weakened, and commodity prices crashed.

However, this latest report indicates that the sector has found “a new lease of life at the start of the year,” said Markit chief economist Chris Williamson.

There was improvement in virtually every segment that Markit monitors, due mainly to a solid US economy. The report noted a “solid upturn” in production volumes, and stronger volumes of new work.

The only negative was a slowdown in the pace of manufacturing jobs growth to the slowest in four months.

Markit noted that export sales rose at a negligible pace, although most companies that reported progress cited stronger domestic economic conditions. Most of the people who said otherwise were seeing a reduction in orders from the energy sector amid the plunge in commodity prices.

“Producers appear to have shrugged off worries about China, helped by export orders showing signs of reviving,” Williamson said.

“It looks like weak demand from China is being offset by improved demand for US-produced goods in other markets.”

Related news & editorials

  1. 21.05.2018
    21.05.2018
    by      In
    Queensland engineering firm Fibercon is claiming a milestone in recycling, having reused more than 50 tonnes of plastic waste.
    The plastic has been used in the company’s Emesh product, which replaces steel mesh in reinforced concrete. The technology was codeveloped with researchers from Queensland’... Read More
  2. 18.05.2018
    18.05.2018
    by      In
    The latest edition of the Methods technology and solutions e-zine from Mouser Electronics focuses on digital twinning, the latest concept for design and maintenance in Industry 4.0.
    Starting with a forward from digital twinning expert Dr Michael Grieves, Executive Director of the US Center for... Read More
  3. 17.05.2018
    17.05.2018
    by      In
    The Federal Government has released an expanded overview of its 12-year national research infrastructure investment plan, marking the “next step of the innovation and science agenda”.
    The plan, prepared jointly by Education and Industry departments, will “provide Australian researchers with access... Read More
  4. 17.05.2018
    17.05.2018
    by      In
    Victoria’s Marand has grown its customer base, securing a partnership with Rolls-Royce for construction of the MT30 gas turbine for the SEA 5000 Future Frigate project.
    Under the agreement, Marand will work with Rolls-Royce on design development, manufacture and integration of the specialised... Read More