Another One Bites the Dust

December 2013 E-Newsletter

As we roll head-long into the New Year, I thought it might be good to pause and reflect a little on where we’ve been in 2013. Gathering from what I’ve encountered this year in my travels, business has been strong. There have been ups and downs, as always, but in general it has proven to be a good year for precision machined parts makers.

As you have seen reported here in PM, the reshoring trend is real and being felt positively. PMTS, held in Columbus in April, was the biggest and best attended PMTS since its start in 2001. Capital equipment manufacturers are busy with new orders and are seeing backlogs grow.

Part of the growth in equipment sales is investment in automation being made by machine shops as a hedge against the shortage of skilled workers that is universal. Manufacturing employment numbers are lagging manufacturing activity, and I’m told a strong cause of that is the dithering in Washington and uncertainty over the price tag for health care.

The purpose of the magazine and its website is to present products, processes and technologies that when well applied, can help our manufacturing base continue to compete and beat on a global scale. I hope you have found our efforts useful. To refresh your memory, click here to read a summary review of the topics we covered in 2013, and perhaps you may wish to revisit some of them.

On behalf of the Production Machining staff, we thank you for your support and wish you a safe and special holiday season and a happy New Year.