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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 6.0 Percent in March



March U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $207.08 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 8.8% from February's $190.32 million and up 3.5% when compared with the $200.05 million reported for March 2017. With a year-to-date total of $581.02 million, 2018 is up 6.0% when compared with 2017.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools.

"The cutting tool industry continues to show strong growth in 2018. However, the industry is challenged with increasing raw material costs, record low unemployment and insecure international trade, because of changing global trade policies," said Brad Lawton, Chairman of AMT's Cutting Tool Product Group.

"The March cutting tool numbers continue to tell a story of strength and growth for our industry, however, there are potential negative clouds forming on the horizon. The potential steel tariffs are creating indecision in the marketplace and have purchasing agents scrambling to develop alternate plans for supply. Shortages will cause disruptions and could impact growth as we move forward," said Steve Stokey, Executive VP and Owner of Allied Machine and Engineering and Chairman of AMT Board of Directors.

The 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.

For more information contact:

United States Cutting Tool Institute - USCTI

1300 Sumner Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115-2851

216-241-7333

www.USCTI.com

The Association For Manufacturing Technology - AMT

7901 Jones Branch Dr., Ste. 900

McLean, VA 22102

703-893-2900

www.AMTonline.org

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