Majority of small manufacturers anticipating growth

Majority of small manufacturers anticipating growth

Xometry tracks month-over-month and year-over-year growth through its Small Manufacturing Index; respondents expect marked increase in demand.

February 13, 2017
Manufacturing Group
Economy

Gaithersburg, Maryland – Xometry, an on-demand manufacturing platform, released the findings of its first Small Manufacturing Index, showing small- to medium-sized manufacturers are anticipating a marked increase in demand. Fifty-seven percent of surveyed manufacturers reported that they were likely to see strong to mild month-over-month growth, and 61% reported that they were likely to see strong to mild year-over-year growth.

The quarterly index, which aims to take the pulse of small- to mid-size shops, asked a sample of manufacturers both inside and outside Xometry’s partner networks whether they expected to see growth in business compared to previous months and prior years, as well as what they anticipate to be their anticipated growth sectors. These small- to mid-size manufacturers represent more than 190,000 companies, across a $50 billion market, and directly affect millions of American manufacturing jobs.

“With the recent emphasis on revitalizing American manufacturing, we here at Xometry want to give a voice to the heart of American manufacturing, while also quantifying the impacts of new policies and showcasing the benefits our platform can deliver to local economies,” says Laurence Zuriff, Xometry co-founder and CFO. “Our manufacturing partners often see early shifts in market trends because their quick-turn production capability makes them more sensitive to business shifts on an industry and regional basis.”

Notable findings were anticipated growth in business for the aerospace sector and demand for custom-made parts continuing to rise, especially in the domestic medical, automotive, aerospace, and defense industries. Low-volume American manufacturing continues to benefit from these industries’ need for quick turnaround and quality parts.

Xometry, which operates a first of its kind e-commerce marketplace, has enabled their nationwide network of manufacturing partners to fulfill orders placed through the company’s highly popular online platform. The platform, which instantly provides pricing, lead times, and manufacturability feedback for customers, overhauls a previously time-intensive and inefficient process.

About the Small Manufacturing Index
The Small Manufacturing Index, released quarterly by Xometry, takes the pulse of the heart of American manufacturing by analyzing and quantifying the performance of small to mid-size manufacturers. The index is developed through a survey that asks members whether they expect to see growth in business compared to previous months and prior years, as well as what they expect to be their anticipated growth sectors. The survey is drawn from Xometry’s partner network of small to mid-size manufacturers as well as from out-of-network shops with less than 50 employees. The index aims to highlight trends over time to provide analysis and predictions on the national outlook for small to mid-size manufacturers.

Source: Xometry