Bi-monthly publication features news and information for management, operations, and engineering personnel, with special features including the "Forging Business Outlook" survey (December issue) which summarizes reader perceptions of current business conditions and their expectations for the coming year. All content is available free online, with free subscription available to qualifying parties.
Forging Facts / Where, Why, and How? / Design Engineering Center
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Introductory sections provide a summary overview of the North American metal forging industry and include information on sales, employment, metals forged, processes, and product applications, with more detailed information on forging processes and how they compare to other forms of processing used to manufacture various types of products included in the "Design Engineering Center" section.
Industry Orders & Shipments
Annual statistical report provides information on sales of forgings produced by independent custom forging plants in the U.S. Canada, and Mexico in current dollar values and tonnage/pounds shipped, with additional breakdowns by major market, type of product (e.g., ferrous/non-ferrous metals, high- temperature metals), and process (e.g., impression/closed die, open die, and seamless rolled ring).
Monthly business conditions survey summarizes PMA manufacturing members' expectations for the next three months, with topics covered by the survey including general business conditions, average daily shipping levels, shipment activity, incoming orders, lead times, workforce levels, and timeliness of customer payments. Monthly press releases with a link to the full report can be viewed free online.
Freedonia Focus research report analyzes U.S. metal stampings demand at the manufacturer level, with information provided including historical and forecast demand by product segment (e.g., motor vehicle stampings, job stampings, end products, and spinning products), and manufacturers profiled including Magna International Inc., Martinrea International Inc., and Harvey Vogel Manufacturing Co.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Annual financial benchmarking report analyzes profit and loss statements for participating members in aggregate and by primary process segment (e.g., impression die, open die/seamless rolled ring), with participants ranked in quartile groups in relationship to overall aggregate and process segment performance. Report is available to participants only; contact trade association for more information.
Annual financial analysis report provides a detailed analysis of costs, expenses, and profitability for metal forming and fabricating companies, with survey results broken out by level of profitability (e.g., lower quartile, mid-range, and upper quartile), type of manufacturer (e.g., stamping, non-stamping), and end-user market (e.g., automotive, non-automotive). Sample excerpts are available free online.
Annual compensation surveys provide wage and benefits information for management, supervisory, and production personnel, with survey data for management and supervisory job positions reported by company sales class and geographic region and for production job positions by union/non-union affiliation and geographic region. Surveys are available free of charge to participating FIA members.
Executive Compensation Report
Annual compensation survey provides information on salaries, bonuses, other cash payments, and total cash compensation for 11 job positions ranging from CEO to various key middle management positions, with survey results broken out by company size based on sales volume and total number of employees and for owner/family members and non-owners. Sample data is available free online.
Wage & Benefit Report
Annual wage and benefits survey provides compensation data for over 100 hourly and salaried job positions, with survey results available by annual company sales volume, manufacturing role (e.g., contract, OEM manufacturer), manufacturing process (e.g., metal stamping, metal spinning, small lot, fabricating, custom roll forming, and slide forming), union vs. nonunion, and geographic region.