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Posted by: Steven Kline, Jr. 18. November 2014

Cutting Tool Orders Get Boost from IMTS

According to the Cutting Tool Market Report, a joint statistical program between AMT and USCTI, real cutting tool orders were $176.5 million in September 2014. This was 6.4% more than the order total for September 2013. This was just the second month in 2014 that the month-over-month rate of change was positive. Since January 2013, cutting tool orders have contracted 16 out of 21 months. However, the annual rate of change has decelerated to its slowest rate of contraction (3.0%) since results began to be published. For September my forecast was too high 7.7%, which made my year-to-date forecast too high by 5.3%.

While it appears that cutting tool orders will continue in their trend of decelerating contraction in 2014, my forecast is calling cutting tool orders to increase 7.0% in 2015. I think the peak rate of annual growth will be in September 2015 at an annual rate of growth of 7.8%.

While there is not much history to work from with this report, there are a number of potential leading indicators for this data series, including durable goods production, capital goods new orders, and the Gardner Business Index. Based on the limited time frame, the metalworking portion of the Gardner Business Index has potential to be a good leading indicator for cutting tool orders.

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