Keywords: Automation, Manufacturing, Process Industries, Discrete Industries, Supply Management, PMI, ISM.
The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business is published monthly by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the largest supply management organization in the world, as well as one of the most respected. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June following one month of contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 49th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
Manufacturing expanded in June as the PMI registered 50.9 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points when compared to May's reading of 49 percent. June's reading of 50.9 percent reflects the resumption of growth in the manufacturing sector for 2013, following the only month of contraction for the year in May.
ISM's New Orders Index registered 51.9 percent in June, an increase of 3.1 percentage points when compared to the May reading of 48.8 percent. This represents growth in new orders after one month of contraction.
ISM's Production Index registered 53.4 percent in June, which is an increase of 4.8 percentage points when compared to the 48.6 percent reported in May. This month's reading indicates growth in production and follows the only month of contraction in production for the year.
ISM's Employment Index registered 48.7 percent in June, which is 1.4 percentage points lower than the 50.1 percent reported in May. This month's reading indicates contraction in employment for the first time since September 2009, when the index registered 47.8 percent.
The delivery performance of suppliers to manufacturing organizations in June was unchanged from May as the Supplier Deliveries Index registered 50 percent. This month's reading is 1.3 percentage points higher than the 48.7 percent reported in May.
The Inventories Index registered 50.5 percent in June, which is 1.5 percentage points higher than the 49 percent reported in May. This month's reading indicates that respondents are reporting inventories expanded in June, following three consecutive months of contraction. For the current year, inventories of raw materials have registered in a well-managed range from a high of 51.5 percent in February to a low of 46.5 percent in April.
ISM's Backlog of Orders Index registered 46.5 percent in June, which is 1.5 percentage points lower than the 48 percent reported in May. This is the second month of contracting order backlogs since January 2013, when the index registered 47.5 percent. Of the 84 percent of respondents who reported their backlog of orders, 17 percent reported greater backlogs, 24 percent reported smaller backlogs, and 59 percent reported no change from May.
Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 12 are reporting growth in June in the following order: Furniture & Related Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Paper Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Petroleum & Coal Products; Wood Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Machinery; and Nonmetallic Mineral Products. The four industries reporting contraction in June are: Textile Mills; Transportation Equipment; Chemical Products; and Computer & Electronic Products.
ARC Advisory Group