Metalformers’ expectations brighten

Aug 14, 2013 | 05:18 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Precision Metalforming Association, PMA, monthly outlook survey, new orders, shipments, economic activity, automotive, exports manufacturing capacity

CHICAGO — Roll formers, stampers and tool-and-die makers seem to have emerged from the summer doldrums.

There was a marked gain in the proportion of those predicting higher incoming orders and greater economic activity over the next three months, according to the latest survey by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), which tallied responses from 123 companies nationwide.

"Business is measurably better than three months ago and a year ago," the owner of an East Coast stamper of red metals for electronic parts told AMM. Her company has won new business and is extracting higher volume from existing customers.....

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