Manufacturing Barometer™

April 2015
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Manufacturing Barometer™

At a glance

Business outlook improved notably among US industrial manufacturers during the first quarter of 2015.

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Manufacturing Barometer: Business outlook report, April 2015

Highlights from this quarter’s report:

  • Manufacturers remain optimistic despite growing concerns around the strong US dollar
  • Plans for overseas expansion decline, reflecting elevated concern regarding the strong dollar and increased foreign competition.
  • Manufacturers are implementing robotics for a wide array of important applications including assembly, consistent high speed work, and materials handling/packaging.

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.