Machine Shop Services Industry in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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As defense spending has tapered off due to the United States' withdrawal from Iraq and scaling back in Afghanistan, many of these operators' machines have been repurposed to satisfy growing demand from the manufacturing sector. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Machine Shop Services industry in its growing industry report collection.

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The recession hurt downstream sectors, but the industry's markets have experienced stable growth since

Revenue in the Machine Shop Services industry has experienced robust growth during the five years to 2014, overcoming the negative impact of the recession. After a poor performance in 2009, the industry posted revenue growth in each of the past five years. As the industry's major markets, including commercial aerospace and transportation manufacturing, picked up in 2010 and 2011, industry revenue expanded. IBISWorld Economic Analyst Stephen Morea says in the updated report, “Nearly all of this industry's downstream markets have thrived recently and are currently operating with improved market conditions and, as a result, industry revenue is expected to increase during the five years to 2014.” Machinists' postrecessionary recovery has been strong and is expected to continue trending upward, with revenue forecast to increase in 2014.

Technological advancement in machining is largely driven by the defense and aerospace markets. These markets require parts that are as light as possible, made to exceptionally tight tolerances and shaped into complex geometries. Industry operators serving these markets have increased their investment in computer numerical control (CNC) machines that increase automation and precision during the past five years, prompting a sizeable increase in capital investment for many machinists. As defense spending has tapered off due to the United States' withdrawal from Iraq and scaling back in Afghanistan, many of these operators' machines have been repurposed to satisfy growing demand from the manufacturing sector. Consequently, productivity improvements driven by high-tech markets have aided industry operations. Higher productivity has allowed for a smaller industry workforce. Consequently, industry wages as a proportion of revenue are expected to shrink from 2009 to 2014. This industry has low market share concentration since its four largest companies hold less very little of the market. Market share concentration has increased slightly over the past five years as firms have exited the industry and opened up new opportunities for remaining companies. At the same time, merger and acquisition activity has taken place among larger firms.

During the five years to 2019, Machine Shop Services operators will devote further resources to satisfying growing demand from manufacturers in industries like automobile manufacturing, commercial aircraft manufacturing and metal forging. “Demand from medical device manufacturers is also expected to increase, due to a progressively aging US population with an increasing need for medical care. This, in turn, will heighten the need for micromachined products,” Morea says in the updated report. As a result, industry revenue is forecast to grow during the next five years.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Machine Shop Services in the US industry report page.

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The Machine Shop Services industry cuts raw materials into specified shapes and sizes using a variety of tools, such as lathes, milling machines, grinders and drill presses. Almost all forms of metal product fabrication involve machining, and industry operators may also machine plastic and composite materials.

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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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