Monthly trade magazine provides news and information for shop owners and managers, with special features including highlights from the annual "Top Shops Survey" conducted by Gardner Intelligence which allows shops of all types and sizes to see how they compare with leading U.S. machine shops in four different categories. Current issue and selected articles from prior issues are available online.
Semiannual report provides insights on current business conditions and expectations for the next six months by industry segment and region based on a survey of NTMA members, with sectors covered including tools, dies, and fixtures, molds, aerospace machining and fabrication, metal fabrication and stamping, non-aerospace precision machining, and special machines. Report is available free online.
Top Shops Survey
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Annual benchmarking survey lets shop owners and managers compare their operations with leading U.S. machine shops in four different categories (e.g., machining technology, shopfloor practices and performance, business strategies and performance, and human resources/workforce development). Executive summary and a sample custom shop report from a recent survey are available free online.
Capital Spending Survey
Annual reports analyze historical and projected capital spending trends for the metalworking industry by market segment (e.g., machine tool, inspection/measurement, software, tooling, and workholding) with survey data broken out by machine/product type, industry, region/state, and plant size. Excerpts and sample pages from various market segment reports can be downloaded and viewed free online.
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 survey provides detailed financial and operating performance measures for precision custom tooling and machining manufacturers, with performance data reported by industry classification (e.g., tool and die, molds, general precision machining, aerospace machining, special machine, production operations, and diversified) based on reported sales volume. Sample excerpt is available free online.
Executive Compensation Report
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Annual survey provides compensation data for 18 executive positions in the precision custom tooling and machining industry, with data for executive job positions reported by industry classification (e.g., tool and die, molds, general precision machining, aerospace machining, special machine, production operations, and diversified), sales volume, and U.S. region. Sample pages can be viewed free online.
Wage & Fringe Benefit Report
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Annual survey provides wage and fringe benefits data for hourly job positions employed by precision custom tooling and machining manufacturers, with survey results reported by line of business, sales volume, and region and positions covered including foreman/supervisor, punch press operator, lathe operator, machinist, moldmaker, toolmaker, and diemaker. Sample pages can be viewed free online.
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as general manager, mechanical engineer, manufacturing engineer, CNC operator/programmer, and machinist, with employers for which wage data is provided including Allied Tool & Die Company LLC, Applegate Inc., Central Valley Machine, Inc., C&A Tool Engineering Inc., and Tristate Machinery, Inc.
Tool and Die Manufacturing
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as plant manager, tooling engineer, manufacturing engineer, tool and die maker, and toolmaker, with employers for which wage data is provided including Rotometrics (Roto-Die Company Inc.), Nordson Corp., OSG Tap & Die Inc., Oberg Industries Inc., Die-Tech Industries Inc., and L.H. Industries Corp.