Metalforming companies are finally feeling optimistic about the economy and business conditions. After a difficult several months under the coronavirus pandemic, the June 2020 Precision Metalforming Association Business Conditions Report found 53 percent of survey respondents expect economic activity to improve in the next three months, up from 22 percent in May.
A spike in new orders is also in the forecast, according to 57 percent of participants, an increase from just 14 percent in May.
“The optimism reflected in PMA’s June Business Conditions Report likely stems from the lifting of stay-at-home orders in many states and the resiliency of our members,” said PMA President David Klotz. “PMA members are working to overcome the significant challenges created by COVID-19, continuing or restarting operations while protecting the safety of their employees.”
Average daily shipping levels stayed steady in June. Forty-three percent of metalforming companies reported a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff, down from 50 percent in May.
“The legislation passed by Congress included provisions supported by PMA such as extending the term for loan forgiveness,” added Klotz. “This will allow our members and other manufacturers to have more time to rehire workers.”
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