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August 24-27, 2016
International Woodworking Fair (IWF)
Georgia World Congress Center
September 26-28, 2016
WMMA Regional Meeting
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
October 7, 2017
Manufacturing Q3 Update with Dr. Chad Moutray
July 21, 2016 at 3pm ET
Join NAM to hear from Dr. Chad Moutray in this quarterly update on the manufacturing industry. This presentation will specifically focus on the current U.S. and global macroeconomic trends, as well as the overall outlook over the next year. Click here for more information.
National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: July 25, 2016
Later this week, we will get our first read on real GDP growth for the second quarter, which is likely to be around 2.8 percent at the annual rate. Read more ...
Global Manufacturing Economic Update - June 2016
Global manufacturing activity stagnated in May, pulled lower by continued weaknesses in the emerging markets and by softer-than-desired economic growth in the United States. Read more ...
Manufacturing Day - October 7, 2016
MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn't. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. Click here to learn more
Congress Passes Tax Package Read more...
Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year. Read more...
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Residential furniture orders took a positive turn in May, moving up 2 percent compared to the year prior, according to the latest Furniture Insights survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors from Smith Leonard. This follows three months of sales decline and bodes well for the industry as it enters into the summer and fall show seasons for new introductions.
"The three declines had been 1 percent in February, 2 percent in March and 3 percent in April, so the reversal was good news," said Ken Smith, managing partner. "The reversal was definitely not across the board as only about half of the participants reported increased orders over May of 2015. The good news was that, for April, some 69 percent of the participants reported declining orders, so the improvement to half was good."
Year-to-date orders were about even compared to 2015, although 61 percent did report lower orders year-to-date.
May shipments were down 1 percent compared to the same period in 2015, but up 6 percent from April, bringing year-to-date shipments even with those from a year ago. "The declines in April and May were likely the result of shipments in the earlier months exceeding orders so sooner or later that would have to catch up," Smith said. Backlogs were up 2 percent from April, but down 6 percent compared to May 2015, also the result of shipments year-to-date exceeding new orders.
"Inventories continue to inch down each month, moving them back to closer in line with current business," Smith added. Inventories were down 2 percent from April, although up 3 percent compared to May 2015.
"From what we heard from manufacturers and distributors, June furniture sales were not that great for some. July has been a bit of a mixed bag with some saying late July has been pretty decent," he said.
"We hope all of the industry can withstand the election and get back to good business soon."
By combining machinery with expertise in tooling and engineering, Holz-Her and Leitz share a finalist entry in the IWF Challengers Award competition.
Busch USA will present the new generation of Mink claw vacuum pumps at IWF, which offer lower energy consumption, a more compact design and quieter operation, according to the company.
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The new ANSI standard O1.1-4 Safety Requirements for Shapers for the Woodworking Industry was published. WMMA members are entitled to receive one complimentary copy per company upon request. Email Jennifer@wmma.org to request a copy. Copies can be purchased from the ANSI e-standard store.
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