Capital Spending

Our annual study of what assembly technologies manufacturers are buying and how much their spending on them.


Capital Spending Survey: Assembly Plants Boost Spending on Manufacturing Equipment

By John Sprovieri
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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, according to the latest data from the Institute for Supply Management.

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Keep the new product pipeline flowing

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As usual, our annual Capital Equipment Spending Survey provided a wealth of interesting and often contradictory data. Thirty percent of plants will spend more on assembly technology next year than they did this year, and only 20 percent will spend less.

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U.S. Machine Tool Sales Up 5 Percent

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WASHINGTON—US sales of machine tools are up 5.3 percent in the first 10 months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, according to the AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology.

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January Machine Tool Sales Up 8 Percent in January

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WASHINGTON—U.S. sales of machine tools totaled $401.69 million in January, an 8 percent increase compared with January 2011 sales.

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Capital Spending Report: Spending on Hold

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Bothered by lingering economic uncertainty, assemblers are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward capital equipment investment next year.
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