Gardner Research Market Reports

Gardner Research's Plastics Capital Spending Survey & Forecast is the largest, most comprehensive survey detailing future spending on primary processing equipment, auxiliary equipment and molds and related supplies, by U.S. plastics processing facilities. The 2014 survey forecasts spending on equipments, molds and suppliers to be $3.001 billion.

Gardner Research Director of Intelligence Steve Kline's annual Metalworking Capital Spending presentation is one of the manufacturing industry's most accurate and influential forecasts on projected spending on new machine tools, cutting tools and workholding equipment by US durable goods manufacturers.

2013 World Machine-Tool Output and Consumption Survey

2013 World Machine Tool Report

Methodology remains constant. Data comes from official sources including trade associations and government ministries. Local currencies are converted to U.S. dollars at average interbank rates for the entire year, not at end-of-year rates.

The Executive Summary compares performance data of the Top Shops benchmarking group with the other shops that took part in the survey. That benchmarking group is a collection of the best-performing shops determined by totaling the points assigned to certain financial- and technology-related survey questions.

September 30-Second Survey

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Top Shops

‘Top Shops’ is a benchmarking and recognition program designed to help shops build their business.

World Machine Tool Survey

An independent annual survey that collects statistics from machine tool consuming and producing countries and compares them in real U.S. dollars.

Capital Spending Survey

An annual survey that collects statistics regarding budgeted spending on machine tools, testing equipment, software and more.

Gardner Business Index

A diffusion index measuring month-to-month changes in activity at durable goods and discrete parts manufacturing facilities.