Board Converting News, March 7, 2022

ISM: Manufacturing (CONT’D FROM PAGE 6)


Deliveries Index registered 66.1 percent, an increase of 1.5 percentage points compared to the January figure of 64.6 percent. The Inventories Index registered 53.6 percent, 0.4 percentage point higher than the January reading of 53.2 percent. The New Export Orders Index registered 57.1 percent, up 3.4 percentage points compared to the Janu- ary reading of 53.7 percent. The Imports Index registered 55.4 percent, a 0.3 percentage point increase from the January reading of 55.1 percent. “The U.S. manufacturing sector remains in a de- mand-driven, supply chain-constrained environment. The COVID-19 omicron variant remained an impact in Febru- ary; however, there were signs of relief, with recovery ex- pected in March. A higher-than-normal quits rate and early retirements continued. Panel sentiment remained strongly optimistic, with 12 positive growth comments for every cau- tious comment, up from January’s ratio of 7-to-1. Demand expanded, with the (1) New Orders Index increasing and remaining in strong growth territory, supported by stron- ger expansion of new export orders, (2) Customers’ Inven- tories Index remaining at a very low level and (3) Backlog of Orders Index increasing to historically high levels. Con- sumption (measured by the Production and Employment indexes) grew during the period, though at a slower rate, with a combined minus 0.9 percentage point change to the Manufacturing PMI calculation. “The Employment Index expanded for a sixth straight month; panelists indicate their ability to hire continues to improve, but to a lesser degree than in January. Challeng- es with turnover (quits and retirements) and resulting back- filling continue to plague panelists’ efforts to adequately staff their organizations. Production expanded satisfacto- rily, despite staffing and supplier delivery headwinds. In- puts — expressed as supplier deliveries, inventories, and imports — continued to constrain production expansion. “All of the six biggest manufacturing industries — Trans- portation Equipment; Machinery; Computer & Electronic Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Chemical Products; and Petroleum & Coal Products, in that order — registered moderate-to-strong growth in February. “Manufacturing performed well for the 21st straight month, with demand registering month-over-month growth and consumption softening slightly, though less than fore- cast. The impact of omicron declined in February as swift- ly as it appeared in December, leaving March and April’s manufacturing environment favorable, especially with new orders and backlogs registering strong growth.” Among the 16 manufacturing industries reporting growth in February are: Apparel, Leather & Allied Prod- ucts; Textile Mills; Paper Products; Transportation Equip- ment; Machinery; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Computer & Elec- tronic Products; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. The only industry reporting a decrease in February com- pared to January is Wood Products.


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