What is the Metalworking Business Index?

Looking to build upon our annual capital spending survey, the Metalworking Business Index (MBI), is a monthly e-mail survey that will report trends in the metalworking industry. The MBI will capture month-to-month changes in the levels of various economic data that can serve as crucial leading indicators for your business.


Current Results - Click here to view the current Metalworking Business Index Results!

What variables are used and what will be asked?

  • Sample Questions
    This is a simple 10 question e-mail survey that will only take a few minutes to complete.
  • Data is collected monthly via email from North American durable goods manufacturers
  • A diffusion index based on 50.0 will be calculated
  • MBI will function similarly to the Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI)
  • A value of 50.0 indicates business activity has expanded in the previous month
  • A value below 50.0 indicates business activity has contracted in the previous month
  • MBI will focus only on durable goods manufacturing
  • Total MBI will be a weighted average of sub-indices for new orders, production, employees, backlog, exports,
    and supplier deliveries.

How will the Metalworking Business Index Help Me?

This index will provide you with a valuable business perspective
that is essential to making sound decisions.

Can I participate?
Take the survey!

We hope that you do. With your regular participation the MBI will become more detailed and valuable. The benefits of participation include:

  • Rapid access to market trends with survey results in less than one week,
  • Results of the annual Capital Spending Survey and Forecast CD-Rom (a $500 value)
  • An instant risk management tool, and a small, but definite, edge over your competition.

Privacy Statement:  Your survey answers and e-mail address will be kept strictly confidential.  We will report aggregate data only.

For More Information

Please contact:
Steve Kline, Jr. at 513-527-8800
Via email: skline2@gardnerweb.com

6915 valley avenue — cincinnati, ohio 45244 • 800-950-8020 • 513-527-8800 • fax: 513-527-8801