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News Desk Index PMI™


New Orders Production Employment


Supplier Deliveries Inventories


Prices


Series Index Apr


Series Index Mar


54.9 53.7 55.1 55.1 55.7 55.9 54.7 51.1 55.9 54.0 53.0 52.5


Customers’ Inventories 42.0 42.0 56.5 59.0 55.5 57.5 57.0 55.5 58.0 54.5


Backlog of Orders Exports Imports


Percentage Point Change


+1.2 0.0


-0.2 +3.6 +1.9 +0.5 0.0


-2.5 -2.0 +1.5 +3.5


OVERALL ECONOMY Manufacturing Sector


Longer-Term Direction


Growing Growing Growing Growing Slowing Growing Too Low


Increasing Growing Growing Growing Growing Growing


and readings below 50 indicate contraction, while those above 50 indicate expansion.


“Comments from the panel generally remain positive,” said Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Business Survey Commit- tee. “However, some expressed concern about international economic and political issues potentially impacting demand.” For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/ISMMfgRe-


port. ME


German Organizations Found 3D Printing Cluster


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nternehmerTUM, the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneur- ship and EOS GmbH plan to stimulate new business models and innovative start-ups based on industrial 3D printing technology through the creation of a new 3D Printing Cluster. The objective is to create an interdisciplinary network through- out Germany, one of the leading industrial nations in the world. The 3D Printing Cluster, which was set up by businesses and start-up centers in Munich, now plans to add momentum to the advancement of applications in the field of additive manufac- turing. The aim of the Cluster is to bring together important innovation drivers from science, established companies, and start-ups, to enable them to take advantage of the disruptive possibilities of the 3D printing technology for business and society. More at http://tinyurl.com/3Dgermany. ME


22 ManufacturingEngineeringMedia.com | June 2014


Bosch Rexroth celebrates the opening of its new hydraulics manufacturing and distribution center in Bethlehem, PA.


to over 500 customers. This $2.2 million Brodhead Road expansion adds about 150,000 square feet, giving the com- pany approximately 200,000 square feet over two build- ings for the distribution and manufacturing operation. With the expansion, Bethlehem is now home to seven Bosch Rexroth facilities across two campuses with approximately 450,000 total square feet for manufacturing, distribution, logistics, administration, service and storage—making it the company’s second-largest hydraulics operation in the US behind its Fountain Inn, SC, facility.


Anniversaries


Kaiser Tool Company of Fort Wayne, IN, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its THINBIT tool brand. It took William Kaiser almost seven years of working at night (when he wasn’t doing his job-shop work) to develop and test the design of the inserts and the toolholders, which were first sold in 1964.


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Openings & Expansions


Bosch Rexroth (Bethlehem, PA) in late April marked the opening of its new hydraulics manufacturing and distribu- tion center with a ceremony and facility tour for customers, distributors and local officials. The new manufacturing facility houses the company’s valve and manifold manu- facturing center for mobile and industrial hydraulics, while the new logistics and distribution facility handles shipments


Source: Institute for Supply Management


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