Manufacturers' Outlook Survey

Manufacturers' Outlook Survey Page Header

Manufacturers Polled

The NAM released its updated Manufacturers' Outlook Survey revealing an expected slowdown in exports, sharply highlighting the need for pro-growth export policies like Trade Promotion Authority and a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank

Download Full PDF Report


NAM Manufacturing Outlook Index

51.7

(down from 59.9 in March)

Numbers greater than 50 suggest the manufacturing outlook is above average, coinciding with an expanding sector.

Learn More About the Index

Small Manufacturers: 55.0 (down from 59.1)
Medium-Sized Manufacturers: 51.4(down from 61.6)
Large Manufacturers: 49.8 (down from 56.7)
 

Manufacturers’ 12 Month Outlook 

76.3%
Respondents Positive in Their Own Company's Outlook

(down from 88.5% in March)

Arrow Green Up 2.7%

SALES

(down from 4.3% in March)

Arrow Green Up 2.8%

PRODUCTION

 

Arrow Green Up 0.4%

EXPORTS

(down from 0.9% in March)

Arrow Green Up 1.9%

CAPITAL INVESTMENT

(down from 2.3% in March)

Arrow Green Up 0.8%

PRICES

(down from 1.2% in March)

Arrow Green Up 0.8%

FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT

(down from 1.9% in March)

Arrow Red Down 0.1%

INVENTORIES

(down from an increase of 0.4% in March)

Arrow Green Up 1.6%

EMPLOYEE WAGES

(down from 1.9% in March)

Arrow Green Up 7.9%

HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS

(up from 7.2% in March)

 

Headwinds Facing Manufacturers

2015 MFG Outlook - Business Challenges  

Manufacturers on Regulations

2015 MFG Outlook - Ozone

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new federal regulations on ozone, which an NAM study estimates could cost as much as $140 billion annually, or $1.7 trillion from 2017 to 2040.

Nearly 80%
of manufacturers are not likely or uncertain to continue with new construction or major modification projects due to ozone regulations.
 

The NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly among the National Association of Manufacturers’ Membership of small, medium and large manufacturers. Contact us today to learn more about NAM Membership.

Full PDF Report     Complete Dataset