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Five Manufacturing Indexes that Need to be on Your Radar

Economic indicators help analysts, investors, and various decision-makers understand market conditions, emerging trends, and overall economic activity in the US and abroad.  There are various indexes that track this data and help paint a picture of the health of our world economy and any emerging trends.

Here are five manufacturing indexes that will help you stay aware of global data and trends as they relate to your own organization’s supply chain. In addition, you can find a list of useful logistics and transportation indexes here.

manufacturing indexes1. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business Manufacturing (PMI) and Services (PMI)

Updated reports are available on the first and third business day of each month and are two of the most reliable economic indicators available in predicting the direction of the overall economy and the manufacturing and services sectors.

2. Bloomberg Global PMI Tracker

The Global Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) heat maps will help you stay current by highlighting how purchasing managers see current business conditions, and what they are saying about the outlook—positive or negative.

3. Bloomberg Precious and Industrial Metals Commodities Index

Get updated daily on commodity futures prices and trading and find the latest commodity index comparison charts. These financial benchmarks will help you understand how various metal pricing impacts your supply chain.

4. TTI Lead Time Trends

View the current average manufacturer lead time for various product categories. Manufacturer lead times are drawn directly from TTI's expansive part database of IP&E and Discrete components. This information provides more insight into the IP&E and Discrete lead times in your supply chain. Product categories include:

Commercial

  • Capacitors
  • Circuit Protection
  • Connectors
  • Discretes
  • Electro-Magnetic
  • Electromechanical
  • Optoelectronics
  • Power
  • Resistors
  • Sensors

Military/E-Rel

  • Capacitors
  • Connectors
  • Discretes
  • Electro-Magnetic
  • Electromechanical
  • Resistors

5. Trading Economics Manufacturing PMI

Trading Economics provides values for Manufacturing PMI reported in 196 countries, including current values for Manufacturing PMI, previous releases, historical highs and record lows, release frequency, reported unit and currency, plus links to historical data charts. Additionally, Trading Economics provides historical data and forecasts for more than 20 million economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields, and commodity prices.


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