High-level analytical models from Armada and MN&A show that the outlook for manufacturing over the next 18 months is likely to stay ahead of its 20-year average growth trend. The latest forecast released in the Armada Strategic Intelligence System (ASIS) shows industrial production for manufacturing growth of 5.22% in 2021. This comes after a 2.6% contraction in 2020.
The outlook shows a sharp recovery period lasting through September of this year before easing and flattening out through August of next year (note the ASIS chart showing the forecast).
is all that anybody in the financial and business community can seem to talk about. After close to twenty years of almost no inflation threat there now seems to be a serious concern. The fact is that
core rates remain well below the target
that has been set by the Federal Reserve and even further below the levels the Fed discussed at the central bank get-together in August. The threat is still a future concern.
The export sector accounts for roughly 15% of the US GDP – a total of around $3.7 trillion. The US is both a seller of commodities and sophisticated goods as much of US farm output is shipped overseas. The US doesn’t produce much in the way of consumer goods for export – the US manufacturer sells in the business-to-business realm. Traditionally the top three trading partners for the US have been Canada, Mexico and China. Much of that north-south trade is inter-company trade and commodities and much of what China buys is food. Who, then are the buyers of manufactured goods?
There are few sectors of the economy as complex and challenging as manufacturing, The competitive threats come from all directions and all the time. Staying ahead requires knowing what is around each corner - whether it is a threat or an opportunity. The ASIS projects into the future with a carefully constructed set of models that maintain over 97% accuracy so that manufacturers can anticipate. It takes time to be ready for these competitive threats - the ASIS provides that time.
Watch John Nelson from Morris, Nelson & Associates along with Chris Kuehl and Keith Prather from Armada Corporate Intelligence review the monthly IPMAN report.
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