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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January and the overall economy grew for the 92nd consecutive month.

  • PMI® at 56%
  • New Orders, Production and Employment Growing
  • Inventories Contracting
  • Supplier Deliveries Slowing

(Tempe, Arizona) — The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: “The January PMI® registered 56 percent, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 54.5 percent. The New Orders Index registered 60.4 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 60.3 percent. The Production Index registered 61.4 percent, 2 percentage points higher than the seasonally adjusted December reading of 59.4 percent. The Employment Index registered 56.1 percent, an increase of 3.3 percentage points from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 52.8 percent. Inventories of raw materials registered 48.5 percent, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the December reading of 47 percent. The Prices Index registered 69 percent in January, an increase of 3.5 percentage points from the December reading of 65.5 percent, indicating higher raw materials prices for the 11th consecutive month. The PMI®, New Orders, and Production Indexes all registered their highest levels since November of 2014, and comments from the panel are generally positive regarding demand levels and business conditions.”

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 12 reported growth in January in the following order: Plastics & Rubber Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Paper Products; Chemical Products; Transportation Equipment; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Machinery; Petroleum & Coal Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; and Computer & Electronic Products. The five industries reporting contraction in January are: Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Wood Products; Furniture & Related Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; and Printing & Related Support Activities.

WHAT RESPONDENTS ARE SAYING …

  • “Demand very steady to start the year.” (Chemical Products)
  • “January revenue target slightly lower following a big December shipment month.” (Computer & Electronic Products)
  • “Strong start to the new year. Production is increasing and we are adding capacity.” (Plastics & Rubber Products)
  • “Business looks stronger moving into the first quarter of 2017.” (Primary Metals)
  • “Economic outlook remains stable and no current effects of geopolitical changes appear to be penetrating market conditions.” (Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products)
  • “Sales bookings are exceeding expectations. We are starting to see supply shortages in hot rolled steel due to the curtailment of imports.” (Machinery)
  • “Year starting on pace with Q4 2016.” (Transportation Equipment)
  • “Business conditions are good, demand is generally increasing.” (Miscellaneous Manufacturing)
  • “Conditions and outlook remain positive. Raw material prices are stable resulting in stable margins. Asset utilization remains high.” (Petroleum & Coal Products)
  • “Steady demand from automotive.” (Fabricated Metal Products)

COMMODITIES REPORTED UP/DOWN IN PRICE AND IN SHORT SUPPLY

Commodities Up in Price
Aluminum (3); Benzene; #1 Bundle Scrap (2); #1 Busheling Scrap (2); Butadiene; Copper (3); Corn; Corrugate (4); Corrugated Boxes (3); Methanol (4); Natural Gas (2); Nickel (2); Paper; Petroleum Fuels (2); 304 Stainless Steel; Stainless Steel (10); Steel (13); Steel – Carbon (2); Steel – Cold Rolled (3); Steel – Hot Rolled (2); Styrene; and Titanium Dioxide (2).

Commodities Down in Price
None.

Commodities in Short Supply

None.

Note: The number of consecutive months the commodity is listed is indicated after each item

JANUARY 2017 MANUFACTURING INDEX SUMMARIES

PMI®

Manufacturing expanded in January as the PMI® registered 56 percent, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 54.5 percent, indicating growth in manufacturing for the fifth consecutive month. A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally contracting.

A PMI® above 43.3 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy. Therefore, the January PMI® indicates growth for the 92nd consecutive month in the overall economy, and indicates growth in the manufacturing sector for the fifth consecutive month. Holcomb stated, “The past relationship between the PMI® and the overall economy indicates that the PMI® for January (56 percent) corresponds to a 4 percent increase in real gross domestic product (GDP) on an annualized basis.”

New Orders

ISM®’s New Orders Index registered 60.4 percent in January, which is an increase of 0.1 percentage point when compared to the seasonally adjusted 60.3 percent reported for December, indicating growth in new orders for the fifth consecutive month. A New Orders Index above 52.3 percent, over time, is generally consistent with an increase in the Census Bureau’s series on manufacturing orders (in constant 2000 dollars).

The 12 industries reporting growth in new orders in January — listed in order — are: Plastics & Rubber Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Chemical Products; Paper Products; Transportation Equipment; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Petroleum & Coal Products; Primary Metals; Machinery; Fabricated Metal Products; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. The five industries reporting a decrease in new orders during January are: Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Wood Products; Textile Mills; Computer & Electronic Products; and Furniture & Related Products.

Production

ISM®’s Production Index registered 61.4 percent in January, which is an increase of 2 percentage points when compared to the seasonally adjusted 59.4 percent reported for December, indicating growth in production for the fifth consecutive month. An index above 51.4 percent, over time, is generally consistent with an increase in the Federal Reserve Board’s Industrial Production figures.

The 10 industries reporting growth in production during the month of January — listed in order — are: Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Paper Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Transportation Equipment; Chemical Products; Machinery; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; and Computer & Electronic Products. The five industries reporting a decrease in production during January are: Wood Products; Textile Mills; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; and Furniture & Related Products.

Employment

ISM®’s Employment Index registered 56.1 percent in January, an increase of 3.3 percentage points when compared to the seasonally adjusted December reading of 52.8 percent, indicating growth in employment in January for the fourth consecutive month. An Employment Index above 50.5 percent, over time, is generally consistent with an increase in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on manufacturing employment.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, the 10 reporting employment growth in January — listed in order — are: Textile Mills; Paper Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Machinery; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Chemical Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Transportation Equipment; Computer & Electronic Products; and Nonmetallic Mineral Products. The five industries reporting a decrease in employment in January are: Plastics & Rubber Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; and Printing & Related Support Activities.

Supplier Deliveries

The delivery performance of suppliers to manufacturing organizations was slower in January as the Supplier Deliveries Index registered 53.6 percent, which is 0.6 percentage point higher than the seasonally adjusted 53 percent reported for December. A reading below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries, while a reading above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries.

The 11 industries reporting slower supplier deliveries in January — listed in order — are: Textile Mills; Paper Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Machinery; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Petroleum & Coal Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; and Computer & Electronic Products. The two industries reporting faster supplier deliveries in January are: Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; and Chemical Products.

Inventories*

The Inventories Index registered 48.5 percent in January, which is an increase of 1.5 percentage points when compared to the 47 percent reported for December, indicating raw materials inventories are contracting in January for the 19th consecutive month. An Inventories Index greater than 42.9 percent, over time, is generally consistent with expansion in the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) figures on overall manufacturing inventories (in chained 2000 dollars).

The five industries reporting higher inventories in January are: Plastics & Rubber Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Transportation Equipment; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. The seven industries reporting lower inventories in January — listed in order — are: Furniture & Related Products; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Paper Products; Machinery; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Computer & Electronic Products; and Miscellaneous Manufacturing. Six industries reported no change in raw materials inventories in January compared to December.

Customers’ Inventories*

ISM®’s Customers’ Inventories Index registered 48.5 percent in January, which is 0.5 percentage point lower than the 49 percent reported for December, indicating that customers’ inventory levels are considered too low in January for the fourth consecutive month.

The three manufacturing industries reporting customers’ inventories as being too high during the month of January are: Furniture & Related Products; Fabricated Metal Products; and Transportation Equipment. The four industries reporting customers’ inventories as too low during January are: Plastics & Rubber Products; Machinery; Computer & Electronic Products; and Chemical Products. Ten industries reported no change in customer inventories in January compared to December.

Prices*

The ISM® Prices Index registered 69 percent in January, an increase of 3.5 percentage points when compared to the December reading of 65.5 percent, indicating an increase in raw materials prices for the 11th consecutive month. In January, 44 percent of respondents reported paying higher prices, 6 percent reported paying lower prices, and 50 percent of supply executives reported paying the same prices as in December. A Prices Index above 52.4 percent, over time, is generally consistent with an increase in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Producer Price Index for Intermediate Materials.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, the 15 that reported paying increased prices for its raw materials in January — listed in order — are: Textile Mills; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Machinery; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Paper Products; Transportation Equipment; Furniture & Related Products; Chemical Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; and Computer & Electronic Products. No industry reported paying lower prices during the month of January.

Backlog of Orders*

ISM®’s Backlog of Orders Index registered 49.5 percent in January, an increase of 0.5 percentage point from the 49 percent reported for December, indicating contraction in order backlogs for the seventh consecutive month. Of the 89 percent of respondents who reported their backlog of orders, 21 percent reported greater backlogs, 22 percent reported smaller backlogs, and 57 percent reported no change from December.

The seven industries reporting growth in order backlogs in January — listed in order — are: Wood Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; and Chemical Products. The seven industries reporting a decrease in order backlogs during January — listed in order — are: Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Textile Mills; Paper Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Transportation Equipment; and Furniture & Related Products.

New Export Orders*

ISM®’s New Export Orders Index registered 54.5 percent in January, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points when compared to the 56 percent reported for December, indicating growth in new export orders for the 11th consecutive month.

The eight industries reporting growth in new export orders in January — listed in order — are: Wood Products; Paper Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Chemical Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Transportation Equipment; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. The four industries reporting a decrease in new export orders during January are: Textile Mills; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; and Machinery. Six industries reported no change in new export orders in January compared to December.

Imports*

ISM®’s Imports Index registered 50 percent in January, a decrease of 0.5 percentage point when compared to the 50.5 percent reported for December, indicating that imports are unchanged from December.

The four industries reporting growth in imports during the month of January are: Furniture & Related Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Fabricated Metal Products; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. The five industries reporting a decrease in imports during January are: Plastics & Rubber Products; Primary Metals; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Transportation Equipment; and Computer & Electronic Products. Eight industries reported no change in imports in January compared to December.


* The Inventories, Customers’ Inventories, Prices, Backlog of Orders, New Export Orders and Imports Indexes do not meet the accepted criteria for seasonal adjustments.

Buying Policy

Average commitment lead time for Capital Expenditures increased in January by 2 days to 140 days. Average lead time for Production Materials remained the same as in December at 65 days. Average lead time for Maintenance, Repair and Operating (MRO) Supplies decreased by 2 days to 31 days.

About This Report
The data presented herein is obtained from a survey of manufacturing supply executives based on information they have collected within their respective organizations. ISM® makes no representation, other than that stated within this release, regarding the individual company data collection procedures. The data should be compared to all other economic data sources when used in decision-making.

Data and Method of Presentation
The Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® is based on data compiled from purchasing and supply executives nationwide. Membership of the Manufacturing Business Survey Committee is diversified by NAICS, based on each industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). Manufacturing Business Survey Committee responses are divided into the following NAICS code categories: Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Textile Mills; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Wood Products; Paper Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Petroleum & Coal Products; Chemical Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Machinery; Computer & Electronic Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Transportation Equipment; Furniture & Related Products; and Miscellaneous Manufacturing (products such as medical equipment and supplies, jewelry, sporting goods, toys and office supplies).

Survey responses reflect the change, if any, in the current month compared to the previous month. For each of the indicators measured (New Orders, Backlog of Orders, New Export Orders, Imports, Production, Supplier Deliveries, Inventories, Customers’ Inventories, Employment and Prices), this report shows the percentage reporting each response, the net difference between the number of responses in the positive economic direction (higher, better and slower for Supplier Deliveries) and the negative economic direction (lower, worse and faster for Supplier Deliveries), and the diffusion index. Responses are raw data and are never changed. The diffusion index includes the percent of positive responses plus one-half of those responding the same (considered positive).

The resulting single index number for those meeting the criteria for seasonal adjustments (PMI®, New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries) is then seasonally adjusted to allow for the effects of repetitive intra-year variations resulting primarily from normal differences in weather conditions, various institutional arrangements, and differences attributable to non-moveable holidays. All seasonal adjustment factors are subject annually to relatively minor changes when conditions warrant them. The PMI® is a composite index based on the diffusion indexes of five of the indexes with equal weights: New Orders (seasonally adjusted), Production (seasonally adjusted), Employment (seasonally adjusted), Supplier Deliveries (seasonally adjusted), and Inventories.

Diffusion indexes have the properties of leading indicators and are convenient summary measures showing the prevailing direction of change and the scope of change. A PMI® reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally declining. A PMI® above 43.3 percent, over a period of time, indicates that the overall economy, or gross domestic product (GDP), is generally expanding; below 43.3 percent, it is generally declining. The distance from 50 percent or 43.3 percent is indicative of the strength of the expansion or decline. With some of the indicators within this report, ISM® has indicated the departure point between expansion and decline of comparable government series, as determined by regression analysis.

The Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business® survey is sent out to Manufacturing Business Survey Committee respondents the first part of each month. Respondents are asked to ONLY report on information for the current month. ISM® receives survey responses throughout most of any given month, with the majority of respondents generally waiting until late in the month to submit responses in order to give the most accurate picture of current business activity. ISM® then compiles the report for release on the first business day of the following month.

The industries reporting growth, as indicated in the Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business® monthly report, are listed in the order of most growth to least growth. For the industries reporting contraction or decreases, those are listed in the order of the highest level of contraction/decrease to the least level of contraction/decrease.

Responses to Buying Policy reflect the percent reporting the current month’s lead time, the approximate weighted number of days ahead for which commitments are made for Capital Expenditures; Production Materials; and Maintenance, Repair and Operating (MRO) Supplies, expressed as hand-to-mouth (five days), 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, six months (180 days), a year or more (360 days), and the weighted average number of days. These responses are raw data, never revised, and not seasonally adjusted since there is no significant seasonal pattern.

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