Metalforming companies predict a small improvement in business conditions during the next 3 months, according to the September 2020 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report. Prepared monthly, the report provides an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 109 metal forming companies in the United States and Canada.
PMA’s September report shows that 40% of metal forming companies predict an improvement in economic activity during the next 3 months (a slight increase from 38% in August), 49% expect no change (compared to 45% last month), and 11% anticipate a decline in activity (a decrease from 17% in August).
The survey also revealed that metalformers experienced a slight uptick in current average daily shipping levels in September, with 59% reporting an increase in shipping levels compared to three months ago (up from 52% in August), 22% reporting no change (compared to 21% in August), and 19% reporting a decrease (down from 27% in August).
“Metaformers are showing their resiliency but challenging times continue for our members and the manufacturing sector, and we continue to expect ups and downs for the remainder of the year,” says PMA President David Klotz.
Klotz continues, “PMA’s Washington advocacy team is urging Congress and the White House to agree on another economic recovery package and is conveying our members’ policy priorities: create long-term low-interest loans to purchase raw materials and equipment, business liability protection as they follow government guidelines, and an immediate claim of General Business Credits and expanding the Employee Retention Credit to Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients.”
The survey also showed little change in incoming orders, with 50% of participants predicting an increase in orders during the next 3 months (compared to 55% in August), 37% forecasting no change (an increase from 33% in August), and 13% reporting a decrease (compared to 12% in August).
Only 23% of responding metal forming companies had a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff in September, a decrease from 37% in August.