Manufacturing technology consumption down 66.2%
AMT/AMTDA survey shows continuing softness in market
February U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $129.65 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 28.5% from January but down 62.4% from the total of $345.04 million reported for February 2008. With a year-to-date total of $230.53 million, 2009 is down 66.2% compared with 2008.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.