Strong orders have set up 2014 with a healthy production backlog.
Why is this happening? Well, according to John Mills is executive vice president of Business Development at Rideau Recognition Solutions, there are some trends that will continue to push success through 2014.
The trend which has the most impact is the improvement in 3-D printers. One report says 3-D printers accounted for 28.3% of final part production in 2012, up from 3.9% a decade ago, and a huge portion of the $2.2 billion spent on additive manufacturing last year.
For more, read "Favorable Forecast: Five Manufacturing Trends to Be Thankful For" on sister site IndustryWeek.