Podcast: What Manufacturing Technology Orders Tell Us About the U.S. Manufacturing Economy

Podcast: What Manufacturing Technology Orders Tell Us About the U.S. Manufacturing Economy

March 14, 2024
AMT's Chris Chudzik examines manufacturing technology’s impact on the industrial sector in this episode of Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast.

Chris Chudzik is the principal economist for the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). In his current role, he is responsible for examining trends in the overall economy that affect the demand for manufacturing technology. This includes managing surveys which compile the data necessary to get a full picture of the U.S. manufacturing landscape. Chris recently spoke with Robert Brooks, editor in chief of America Machinist, about manufacturing technology and the correlation between machine tool orders, cutting tool orders, and the U.S. manufacturing economy. 

Below is an excerpt from the podcast:

AM: I think a lot of our listeners may not be clear, so please tell us what is AMT, and what is manufacturing technology?

CC: Absolutely. I've been finding out in my presentations recently that, you know, any time you say, “manufacturing technology,” everybody has a totally different picture in their heads. AMT is the Association for Manufacturing Technology. Our members either build or sell metalworking equipment. Every other year, there's the IMTS show at McCormick Place in Chicago, which is coming up this September. We put on that show, and it's a really great showcase of exactly what our members do and the vital role that they play in the manufacturing economy.

AM: OK. So it's cutting tools and grinding tools. It's turning tools, it's metal-forming tools. It's all types of CNC-based machinery that supports downstream manufacturing by OEMs.

CC: Yep, exactly. Everything you would typically picture in a machine shop, and even things beyond that. We have emerging technologies, additive software, all these different technologies that come together to make things.

About the Author: Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)