Board Converting News, December 7, 2020

ISM: Manufacturing Activity Grows For 7th Straight Month In November Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in No- vember, with the overall economy notching a seventh con- secutive month of growth, say the nation’s supply execu- tives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued last week by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Manage- ment (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: “The November Manufacturing PMI registered 57.5 percent, down 1.8 percentage points from the October reading of 59.3 percent. This figure indicates expansion in the overall economy for the seventh month in a row after a contraction in April, which ended a period of 131 con- secutive months of growth. The New Orders Index regis- tered 65.1 percent, down 2.8 percentage points from the

October reading of 67.9 percent. The Production Index registered 60.8 percent, a decrease of 2.2 percentage points compared to the October reading of 63 percent. The Backlog of Orders Index registered 56.9 percent, 1.2 percentage points higher compared to the October read- ing of 55.7 percent. “The Employment Index returned to contraction territo- ry at 48.4 percent, 4.8 percentage points down from the October reading of 53.2 percent. The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 61.7 percent, up 1.2 percentage points from the October figure of 60.5 percent. The Inventories Index registered 51.2 percent, 0.7 percentage point lower than the October reading of 51.9 percent. The Prices Index registered 65.4 percent, down 0.1 percentage point com- pared to the October reading of 65.5 percent. The New Export Orders Index registered 57.8 percent, an increase of 2.1 percentage points compared to the October reading of 55.7 percent. The Imports Index reg-

istered 55.1 percent, a 3-percentage point decrease from the October reading of 58.1 percent. “The manufacturing economy continued its recovery in November. Survey Commit- tee members reported that their companies and suppliers continue to operate in recon- figured factories, but absenteeism, short- term shutdowns to sanitize facilities and difficulties in returning and hiring workers are causing strains that will likely limit future manufacturing growth potential. “Panel sentiment, however, is optimistic (2.5 positive comments for every cautious comment), an improvement compared to October. Demand expanded, with the (1) New Orders Index growing at strong levels, supported by the New Export Orders Index expanding strongly, (2) Customers’ Inven- tories Index at its lowest figure since June 2010 (35.8 percent), a level considered a positive for future production, and the (3) Backlog of Orders Index expanding at a slightly faster rate compared to the previ- ous three months. Consumption (measured by the Production and Employment index- es) contributed negatively (a combined 7-percentage point decrease) to the Man- ufacturing PMI calculation, with five of the top six industries continuing with moderate to strong output expansion. “The Employment Index contracted after a single month of growth, primarily due to the inability to attract and retain direct labor. Inputs — expressed as supplier deliveries, inventories and imports — continued to in- dicate input-driven constraints to produc- tion expansion, at higher rates compared to



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