Average Product Prices(super1) Direct Mfg. Costs(super2) Growth in U.S. End Markets (super3) Change, %, During 12 Mo Ending... and Margins Grade Change, %, During 12 Mo Ending... Industry SIC Jan 99 Apr 99 Costs are.
Average Product Prices(super1) Direct Mfg. Costs(super2) Growth in U.S. End Markets (super3)
Change, %, During 12 Mo Ending... and Margins Grade Change, %, During 12 Mo Ending...
Industry SIC Jan 99 Apr 99 Costs are... Grade Jan 99 Apr 99
Wood pallets and skids 2448 3.16 1.95 Stable B 2.25 2.08
Polishes and sanitation goods 2842 1.99 2.19 Rising A 3.29 2.85
Surface active agents 2843 0.62 0.09 Rising A 1.12 0.42
Adhesives and sealants 2891 1.88 1.75 Rising A 6.16 6.75
Lubricating oils and greases 2992 0.39 0.34 Rising fast B 4.04 3.72
Rubber and plastics hose
and belting* 3052 na na Stable na 5.49 5.49
Abrasive products 3291 0.46 -0.08 Stable A 6.65 6.58
Steel wire and
related products 3315 1.23 -0.13 Stable A 4.02 4.45
Copper rolling and drawing 3351 -13.27 -12.80 Rising A 11.38 12.20
Nonferrous wire drawing
and insulating 3357 -4.85 -5.17 Rising A 14.94 15.70
except electric 3433 1.49 1.48 Stable A 4.12 4.50
Fabricated plate work and
boiler shops 3443 1.96 2.22 Stable A 5.19 5.36
Bolts, nuts, rivets, and
washers 3452 1.17 0.78 Stable A 4.07 4.53
Industrial valves 3491 2.46 2.66 Stable A 3.30 3.14
Fluid power valves and
hose fittings 3492 1.65 1.58 Stable A 3.30 3.14
Other valves and pipe fittings 3494 1.69 1.04 Stable A+ 3.30 3.14
wire products 3496 1.13 1.03 Stable A 5.91 6.07
Fabricated pipe and fittings 3498 -1.36 -2.71 Rising B 3.30 3.14
Ball and roller bearings 3562 1.14 1.10 Stable A+ 3.54 2.96
(super1) Average product price changes are calculated from the producer price index for each 4-digit SIC (standard industrial classification) industry from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(super2) Analyses of each industry's direct manufacturing cost changes are from Thinking Cap Solutions, Inc.'s proprietary Industry Cost Escalation (ICE) model. The "grade" indicates that recent price/cost changes have produced record high (A+) margins to average margins (C) to record low (F-) margins for the average producer in an industry. Grades of A to A+ mean plant engineers may be able to strike a better bargain with suppliers and better control plant costs.
(super3) Growth in U.S. end markets data are from the ICE model and are estimates of output for the domestic end markets which purchase a given industry's products.
*Price data are not available (na) for rubber hose and belting and cost data from the ICE model are shown instead.
All data prepared and presented by Thinking Cap Solutions, Inc., Port Angeles, WA (telephone: 360-452-6159; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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