Manufacturing Barometer™

April 2014
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Manufacturing Barometer™

At a glance

US manufacturing industry executives who responded to PwC's quarterly Manufacturing Barometer Survey are optimistic about the outlook for domestic manufacturing. Their hiring plans remain consistent, but they expressed concern about the difficulty of finding qualified workers, and global uncertainty is limiting long term capital spending.

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PwC's Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey of US-based executives in large, multinational industrial manufacturing businesses. The survey captures participants' assessments of the direction of the US and world economies and their company's performance and expectations in such areas as revenue growth, margins, inventory, and costs. Other sections explore plans for investment, mergers and acquisitions, and hiring, as well as potential barriers to growth and much more.

First-quarter highlights

  • Optimism regarding the domestic outlook among US industrial manufacturers rises to the highest level in eight years.
  • Hiring plans remain consistent, while concerns about the available pool of qualified workers are on the rise.
  • Persistent global uncertainty is capping long-term capital spending outlays.

Special topic: Impact of lower energy costs
This quarter’s special topic questions focus on energy costs. We asked panelists for their insights on topics such as whether they believe the cost of energy will be lower in the next two to three years and any obstacles to capitalizing on lower energy costs.