PMA Members Expecting Slower Business Conditions

Written by Sandy Williams

A downturn in business conditions is coming, said participants in the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report for June. Fewer participants are expecting conditions to improve in the next three months (31 percent, down from 33 percent) and more are expecting that economic activity will decline (15 percent, up from 7 percent). PMA president William Gaskin says the downward shift is part of the summer slowdown typical in the manufacturing cycle.

Incoming orders are expected to decline somewhat in the short term during the next three month period. Average daily shipping levels in June declined according to PMA participants, with 46 percent reporting levels are the same as three months ago and 19 percent (up from 15 percent in April) reporting a decrease.

The percentage of companies reporting workforce on short time or layoff increased one point in June to 8 percent.

“Recent feedback from members during executive roundtables in the Twin Cities and Indiana, and reports of business conditions during PMA’s recent Board of Directors meeting, indicates that orders and shipments remain stable with modest growth anticipated during the balance of the year, unless global security issues escalate to the extent that they lead to a disruptive situation for the overall U.S. or global economy,” said Gaskin.

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