FMA releases Q3 2015 “Forming & Fabricating Job
level of 76 percent. This suggests that most of the compa-
Shop Consumption Report”
The report shows that most com-
nies reporting to the FFJSCR still have quite a bit of slack to
panies seem to have about the right
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rock-
work with and will be less likely to add machines or people
number of people they need, with 67
ford, Ill., has released its Q3 2015 “Forming & Fabricating
in the very near future.
percent reporting stable hiring. Twen-Job Shop Consumption Report (FFJSCR)”.
Most participants in the FFJSCR are reporting stable ( 46
ty-three percent reported increased
According to the report, the level of capacity utilization
percent) to growing ( 26 percent) in new order activity. This
hiring, and only 10 percent indicated
for small and midsize metal fabricators has been stable,
is close to what was reported last quarter, which suggests
they would be reducing their employ-
with 80 percent reporting that utilization is either stable
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that some of the volatility that has hit some of the bigger
( 47 percent) or expanding ( 33 percent). However, the aver-
companies has not been as important an issue for the com-
The best news for the respondents
age utilization is still just 65 percent—less than the national
panies reporting in this index.
is that costs are generally under control. The price of metals has been
falling or remaining stable, and that
seems to apply to steel, aluminum,
copper, nickel, and others.
The most concerning part of the
Flexible, effective, fast
report is the information on capital
spending. Roughly half of the com-
Automatic, oscillating deburring system
panies participating are where they
thought they would be at this point,
for stainless, aluminum and other materials.
but some of these companies expected to do very little spending, and
Deburring of punched,
that is still their position. Almost one-quarter of respondents have delayed
laser cut and
their purchases indefinitely.
Overall, there is confidence in met-
al fabricating job shops: 44 percent
report positive projections, and 40
•No critical heating
of the surface
percent report they are stable. This
matches up well with national confidence numbers.
of protective foil.
BCM Media Blasting and Powder
Coating named to Top Shops list
damage to the
BCM Media Blasting and Powder Coating, Jeddo, Mich., has been named
one of the best finishing shops in
North America, according to an industry benchmarking survey conducted
by Products Finishing magazine.
The magazine conducted an extensive benchmarking survey that
analyzed hundreds of finishing com-
pieces is possible.
panies in several different areas, including current finishing technology,
finishing practices and performances,
business strategies and performances, and training and human resources. The top 50 shops were placed on
the Top Shops list based on a scoring
matrix in those four criteria.
The company’s powder coating
Dry, Oscillating Deburring Technique
capabilities include pretreatment,
masking, application, inspection,
Hansen & Hundebol Inc.
light assembly, and packaging. Blasting services include abrasive and
3402 Oakcliff Road
Phone: (770) 452-1271
nonabrasive blasting, media blasting,
Suite B- 7
Fax: (770) 452-7090
nonabrasive mold cleaning opera-
Atlanta GA 30340
tions, Mil spec glass bead, and alumi-
num oxide blasting.