Board Converting News, September 13, 2021

ISM: Manufacturing (CONT’D FROM PAGE 8)


lower compared to the July reading of 52.9 percent. The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 69.5 percent, down 3 percentage points from the July figure of 72.5 percent. The Inventories Index registered 54.2 percent, 5.3 per- centage points higher than the July reading of 48.9 per- cent. The New Export Orders Index registered 56.6 per- cent, an increase of 0.9 percentage point compared to the July reading of 55.7 percent. The Imports Index registered 54.3 percent, an 0.6-percentage point increase from the July reading of 53.7 percent. “Business Survey Committee panelists reported that their companies and suppliers continue to struggle at un- precedented levels to meet increasing demand. All seg- ments of the manufacturing economy are impacted by re- cord-long raw-materials lead times, continued shortages of critical basic materials, rising commodities prices and difficulties in transporting products. The new surges of COVID-19 are adding to pandemic-related issues — work- er absenteeism, short-term shutdowns due to parts short- ages, difficulties in filling open positions and overseas supply chain problems — that continue to limit manufac- turing-growth potential. “Demand expanded, with the (1) New Orders Index growing, supported by continued expansion of the New Export Orders Index, (2) Customers’ Inventories Index re- maining at very low levels and (3) Backlog of Orders Index staying at a very high level. Consumption declined in the period, with a combined 2.3 percentage point decrease to the Manufacturing PMI calculation. “The Employment Index returned to contraction after one month of expansion; hiring difficulties at panelists’ companies were the most significant hurdle to further out- put in August, as validated by the growth in inventory ac- counts. Inputs — expressed as supplier deliveries, inven- tories, and imports — continued to support input-driven constraints to production expansion, at slower rates com- pared to July. The Supplier Deliveries Index softened while the Inventories Index made a strong move into expansion territory due to improvements in raw material deliveries as well as work in progress inventory being held longer due to key part shortages. The Prices Index expanded for the 15th consecutive month, indicating continued supplier pricing power and scarcity of supply chain goods. “All of the six biggest manufacturing industries — Com- puter & Electronic Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Chemical Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Transportation Equipment; and Petroleum & Coal Products — registered moderate to strong growth in August. “Manufacturing performed well for the 15th straight month, with demand, consumption and inputs register- ing month-over-month growth, in spite of unprecedented obstacles. Panelists’ companies and their supply chains continue to struggle to respond to strong demand due to difficulties in hiring and a clear cycle of labor turnover as workers opt for more attractive job conditions.”

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