Moldmaking Index Registers April Collapse in Business Activity

Survey respondents report collapse in new orders, driving the Moldmaking Index down 13 points for April 2020.

Moldmaking Industry Scrambles to Repurpose and Focus on the Battle Against COVID-19

The Moldmaking Index adjusts as the world economy pauses to address COVID-19.

Moldmaking Index Falls on Export and Backlog Contraction

Volatile shifts in the Moldmaking Index components may be a sign of more to come.

Moldmaking Business Activity Generally Unchanged for Second Month

January’s moldmaking index reading being so near to 50 indicates that business activity was little changed for a second consecutive month.

Moldmaking Index Contraction Nearly Stops in December

The Moldmaking Index closed out 2019 slightly below a reading of 50. 

Moldmaking Index Reports A Sharp Acceleration in Contracting Business Activity

The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Moldmaking reported a sharp acceleration in contracting business activity as the Index fell over 3-points to 44.9.

Moldmaking Index Contracts on Weak Supplier Deliveries, Solid New Orders

Expanding new orders and production were offset by downside surprise in supplier deliveries and on-going weakness in exports and backlogs for the Moldmaking Index in October.

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Moldmaking Index Increases on Production Gains

This month’s Gardner Business Index: Moldmaking reported slowing contraction in September with an unanticipated strong contractionary employment reading.

MoldMaking Index Stumbles as Components Contract

The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Moldmaking contracted sharply in August, falling more than 4 points to 46.4.

Moldmaking Index Expands on Supplier Deliveries

The Moldmaking Index reported a record-breaking 33-month continuously expanding activity driven by supplier deliveries.

Moldmaking Index Edges Higher on Production and Employment

June 2019 – 52.3

Moldmaking Index Falls Sharply

The Moldmaking Index fell sharply in May. The month’s results were surprising as survey participants reported strong new orders while simultaneously reporting contracting backlogs.

Moldmaking Index Nears One-Year High

The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Moldmaking reached its highest level in nearly a year with an April reading of 55.7, a level which it last registered in May 2018. Readings above 50 indicate expanding business activity, while a value of 50 indicates no change and below 50 indicates contracting business activity. 

Moldmaking Index Moves Higher

March 2019 – 53.9

Moldmaking Index Extends Movement in Narrow Growth Range

The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Moldmaking registered 52.6 in February, extending its narrow range of growth readings since September 2018, when it registered less than 200 basis points higher.

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Moldmaking Index Starts off 2019 Advancing on Production, New Orders

January 2019 – 54.6

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Moldmaking Index Sets Records in 2018

December 2018 – 51.8

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Moldmaking Index Moves Higher On Surprise Rise in New Orders

November 2018 – 55.4

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Moldmaking Index Remains in Lower Range

The Moldmaking Index was led higher by supplier deliveries, new orders, production and employment.

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Moldmaking Index Growth Continues to Seesaw

Production, supplier deliveries and new orders lifted the Moldmaking Index, at 54.4 for September 2018.

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Index Sees Another Month of Volatile, Slowing Growth

Registering 51.4 for August 2018, the Gardner Business Index (GBI): Moldmaking recorded another month of volatile but slowing growth since reaching an all-time high in February.

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Moldmaking Index Sees Small Turnaround

Supplier deliveries, production and employment marginally boosted the Moldmaking Index, at 55.4 for July 2018.

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Moldmaking Index Marks Sharp Deceleration

The latest survey data suggests that the current market expansion may be nearing maturity as slowing growth in new orders and production is eclipsed by increasing growth in production throughput, factors that affect the Moldmaking Index, at 53.0 for June 2018.