PMPA Business Trends September 2019


“We find it interesting that September 2019 came in even with September 2018- despite the UAW strike against GM (Automotive is our
largest market served) and continued production weakness at Boeing.”


With 80 companies responding, the PMPA Business Trends Index for September came in at 132, identical to last September, and up 9 points or 7.3 percent above the 5-year average for September. The index is 101% of last year year-to-date. September’s index is up 3 points or 2.3 percent of this year’s low in June. The 3-month moving average of this sales index has levelled as it continues below the 12-month moving average- indicating that the pace of growth in our industry has slowed. We’ll take slowing growth that is 7.3 percent above the prior five years’ average sales for September!  Our year to date average is now 136, up 2 points or 1.5 percent over 2018’s year-end average of 134



Published September 2019

By Carli Kistler-Miller

A Peak Behind the Scenes at PMPA Carli explores the power behind PMPA ListServes which provide answers, recommendations and solutions through a peer-to-peer email network.




September 2019

Craftsman’s Cribsheet #80

To shop personnel, “free machining” has several meanings:
• High rate of production is what the boss is looking for.
• Low cost of production is what the business owner and accounting seek.
• Smooth, workman-like finish is what the engineers and customers are expecting.
• To the operator, longer tool life (fewer tool changes and adjustments) and short controlled chips are desired.