Releases MFGWatch 2016 Report & Forecast announced the release of the MFGWatch 2016 Report & Forecast, a unique source of insights into the current status of North American manufacturing and key emerging trends. Based on survey results reflecting the perspective of both sourcing professionals and contract manufacturers, the report stands as a key resource for economists, journalists, industry professionals and others who seek to understand the major issues shaping the state of U.S. manufacturing today. employed two, 13-question online surveys, with one tool designed for sourcing professionals and the other for manufacturers. limited the survey pool to companies that had used its Global Contract Manufacturing Marketplace. In total, over 76,000 surveys were sent. The response rate was approximately 1 percent for buyers and 3 percent for manufacturers, respectively. Notably, respondents represented the aerospace, automotive, medical, defense, consumer product, machinery, electronics, energy and communications verticals.

Per MFGWatch 2016, both U.S. buyers and manufacturers see 2016 as a year of growth for their firms. This shared optimism is fueling investments in the workforce, technology and new manufacturing processes to increase competitive advantage. Interestingly, sourcing professionals intend to focus on maintaining or growing their supply base in 2016. Contract manufacturers, on the other hand, see product quality compliance as a pressing concern to be addressed through the certification process.

Bo Hagler, chief executive officer,, said, “The Marketplace is a microcosm of the manufacturing industry as a whole. Our members’ insights offer readers a realistic and accurate picture of the overall state of manufacturing. We are pleased to share our findings with decision makers both within and outside the industry.” began publishing MFGWatch in 2009, and it quickly became a trusted and oft-quoted resource of economists, journalists and others seeking information on the manufacturing industry. After a brief hiatus, is pleased to once again offer this invaluable resource to the public.

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