Board Converting News, October 11, 2021

ISM: Manufacturing (CONT’D FROM PAGE 8)


percent, up 3.9 percentage points from the August figure of 69.5 percent. The Inventories Index registered 55.6 per- cent, 1.4 percentage points higher than the August reading of 54.2 percent. The New Export Orders Index registered 53.4 percent, a decrease of 3.2 percentage points com- pared to the August reading of 56.6 percent. The Imports Index registered 54.9 percent, an 0.6-percentage point in- crease from the August reading of 54.3 percent.” Hurdles To Meet Expanding Demand “Business Survey Committee panelists reported that their companies and suppliers continue to deal with an unprecedented number of hurdles to meet increasing de- mand. All segments of the manufacturing economy are im- pacted by record-long raw materials lead times, continued shortages of critical materials, rising commodities prices and difficulties in transporting products. Global pandem- ic-related issues — worker absenteeism, short-term shut- downs due to parts shortages, difficulties in filling open positions and overseas supply chain problems — continue to limit manufacturing growth potential. However, optimis- tic panel sentiment remains strong, with three positive growth comments for every cautious comment. Panelists are fully focused on supply chain issues in order to re- spond to the ongoing high levels of demand. “Demand expanded, with the (1) New Orders Index growing, supported by continued expansion of the New Export Orders Index, the (2) Customers’ Inventories Index remaining at very low levels and the (3) Backlog of Orders Index staying at a very high level. Consumption (measured by the Production and Employment indexes) grew slightly during the period, with a combined 0.6-percentage point increase to the Manufacturing PMI® calculation. The Em- ployment Index returned to expansion after one month of contraction, but hiring difficulties at panelists’ companies show no significant signs of abating. Inputs — expressed as supplier deliveries, inventories, and imports — contin- ued to support input-driven constraints to production ex- pansion, at higher rates compared to August. “The Supplier Deliveries Index reversed a recent pat- tern of softening, while the Inventories Index continued to expand faster due to work-in-process inventory being held longer because of key part shortages, as well as more fin- ished goods inventory being held due to downstream cus- tomer issues. The Prices Index expanded for the 16th con- secutive month, at a faster rate in September, indicating continued supplier pricing power and scarcity of supply chain goods. “All of the six biggest manufacturing industries — Pe- troleum & Coal Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Chemical Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Fabricated Metal Products; and Transportation Equipment, — registered moderate to strong growth in September. “Manufacturing performed well for the 16th straight month, with demand, consumption and inputs registering month-over-month growth, in spite of continuing unprece-


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