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Benchmarked study projects business outlook for U.S. manufacturers
Chicago-based Prime Advantage, a group purchasing organization for midmarket manufacturers, has announced the
findings from the 16th annual “Purchasing and Manufacturing (PM) Survey.” This benchmarked study reveals financial
projections and top procurement insights of more than 750
U.S. manufacturing companies. The results show sustained
optimism about revenues and employment growth, as well as
heightened awareness of cybersecurity risks.
According to the study, 88 percent of manufacturers project
revenues will increase or stay at the same level in the next 12
months. While 40 percent of manufacturers find the challenges of filling open positions a key barrier to growth, 91 percent
expect head count to grow or remain steady through the end
of the year.
The; of intellectual property is one of the top threats identified for 2018, with 34 percent of manufacturers saying they
experienced a cybersecurity breach within the past year. The
top cybersecurity threats in 2017 for small and midsized industrial manufacturers were identified as phishing attacks, IP
the;, and third-party security breaches.
Eighty-eight percent of member companies expect revenue to either rise ( 20
percent) or remain consistent ( 68 percent) in the next year. Twelve percent
predict a decrease in revenue for the
coming year. These numbers represent
an overall uptick in confidence from
2016’s survey, when only 15 percent
were expecting an increase in revenues
for 2017 and 69 percent expected revenues to remain steady, with 16 percent
predicting a revenue decline.
Eighty-three percent of companies indicate they will increase capital spending ( 27 percent) or stay the same ( 56
percent) as last year, a slight increase
For the fourth year in a row, a lack of
qualified workers is the biggest potential external barrier to business growth,
according to 40 percent of respondents.
And 29 percent said a lack of demand
was also hampering business prospects.
Procurement teams continue to identify raw materials as the top cost pressure at 94 percent, with logistics and
transportation as the second biggest
cost pressure at 62 percent, followed
by component parts at 61 percent. Raw
material costs have been identified as
the top cost pressure in every Prime Advantage PM Survey since its inception.
Solar Atmospheres Greenville
facility’s scope of Boeing
Solar Atmospheres has announced the
expansion to its current scope of Boeing
approval at its Greenville, S.C., facility to
include the processing of precipitation-hardening, corrosion-resistant, and
maraging steel parts to the requirements of Aerospace Material Specification AMS 2759/3.
The Greenville facility now has an approved scope of processing for Boeing
that includes the following specifications:
BAC 5613—Heat Treatment of Titanium
and Titanium Alloys
BAC 5616—Heat Treatment of
Nickel-base and Cobalt-base Alloys
BAC 5619—Heat Treatment of Corrosion
AMS 2759/3—Heat Treatment of Precip-itation-hardening, Corrosion Resistant
and Maraging Steel Parts
The company o;ers thermal processing in furnaces with up to a 6;;;-;.-dia.
by 24-;.-long vacuum chamber capable
of processing up to 50,000-lb. loads
with a maximum temperature of 2,400