2015 Metalworking Trends Survey: the results are in

Published January 27, 2016 10:21 pm by Sean Griffin

Every year, to help keep our finger on the pulse of the metalworking industry—one that we’ve served for a long time—we conduct a Metalworking Trends Survey. With the help of some of our friends in the trade media, we are able to poll hundreds of professionals, providing a look at current behavior and sentiment in the industry.

In the survey’s executive summary, now available for download, we learn things like what equipment shops have bought and plan to buy, how they go about making those decisions and the ways connectivity is changing the game for the whole shop—operator to manager and machine control to desktop computer.

Here’s a taste of some of the interesting takeaways from this year’s survey.

  • 80 percent of respondents said they have Internet connectivity of some type on the shop floor
  • 85 percent use video to learn about manufacturing applications or do product research
  • 56 percent said finding qualified labor is their biggest challenge
  • 64 percent said they were familiar with the concept of Smart Manufacturing; only 22 percent have taken steps to implement its practices

There’s a lot more where that came from in the just-released executive summary, including easy-to-digest charts and infographics. Other findings, including an analysis of how different types of shops and individuals responded, provide suppliers a snapshot of what folks are thinking on the front lines. For those working on the floor or managing a shop, you’ll get an idea of what the competition is up to and how you stack up.

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Here is a snapshot of some key findings from the survey and the marketing insight we gathered.


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