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Demand for manufacturing equipment continues to grow

Justin Ho Mar 1, 2022
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Manufacturers have been ordering more equipment: things like metalworking tools, power generators, computers. Phynart Studio / Getty Images

Demand for manufacturing equipment continues to grow

Justin Ho Mar 1, 2022
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Orders for equipment that helps manufacturers make things — known as core capital goods — hit a 40-year high in January.

Manufacturers know that demand for their goods is not a problem.

“The challenge has been meeting that demand, with all of the supply chain issues, and workforce challenges that we continue to see kind of around the world,” said Chad Moutray, chief economist with the National Association of Manufacturers.

So, manufacturers have been ordering more equipment – things like metalworking tools, power generators, computers.

And it’s not just physical capital we’re talking about, “but also human capital. So you see very strong job openings data,” Moutray said.

Consumer spending, however, has started moving away from goods and more toward services, like restaurants and entertainment. That could help the manufacturing sector catch up. said Lydia Boussour, lead U.S. economist at Oxford Economics.

“So what we want to see going forward is a little bit less demand for goods, so that we see that rebalancing between, you know, supply and demand,” she said.

Even as services spending continues to grow this year, Boussour said manufacturers will still have plenty of demand for their products.

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