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New Survey Finds Majority of Small Manufacturers Anticipating Growth in Wake of New Administration

Xometry, the leading network orchestrator of SME manufacturers, tracks month over month and year over year growth through its Small Manufacturing Index

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By Team Xometry
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October 15, 2021

Xometry, the leading on-demand manufacturing platform, today released the findings of its first ever Small Manufacturing Index, showing small to medium sized manufacturers are anticipating a marked increase in demand. 57% of surveyed manufacturers reported that they were likely to see strong to mild month over month growth, and 61% reported that they were likely to see strong to mild year over year growth.

The new quarterly index, which aims to take the pulse of small to mid-size shops, asked a sample of manufacturers both inside and outside Xometry’s partner networks whether they expected to see growth in business compared to previous months and prior years, as well as what they anticipate to be their anticipated growth sectors. These small to mid-size manufacturers represent more than 190,000 companies, over a $50 billion market, and directly affect millions of American manufacturing jobs.

“With the recent emphasis on revitalizing American manufacturing, we here at Xometry want to give a voice to the heart of American manufacturing, while also quantifying the impacts of new policies and showcasing the benefits our platform can deliver to local economies,” said Laurence Zuriff, Xometry co-founder and CFO. “Our manufacturing partners often see early shifts in market trends because their quick-turn production capability makes them more sensitive to business shifts on an industry and regional basis.”

One other notable finding from the survey was the anticipated growth in business for the Aerospace sector. Demand for custom-made parts continues to rise, especially in the domestic Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, and Defense industries. Low-volume American manufacturing continues to benefit from these industries’ need for quick turnaround and quality parts.

Xometry, which operates a first of its kind e-commerce marketplace, has enabled their nationwide network of manufacturing partners to fulfill orders placed through the company’s highly popular online platform. The platform, which instantly provides pricing, lead times and manufacturability feedback for customers, overhauls a previously time-intensive and inefficient process.

About Xometry

Xometry is transforming American manufacturing through a proprietary software platform which offers on-demand manufacturing to a diverse customer base, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. We provide product designers and engineers the most efficient way to source high-quality custom parts, with 24/7 access to instant pricing, expected lead time and manufacturability feedback. Our nationwide network of partner manufacturing facilities enables us to maintain consistently fast lead times while offering a broad array of capabilities, including CNC Machining, 3D Printing, Sheet Metal and Urethane Casting. Xometry’s customers include General Electric, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, NASA and the United States Army.

About the Small Manufacturing Index

The Small Manufacturing Index, released quarterly by Xometry, takes the pulse of the heart of American manufacturing by analyzing and quantifying the performance of small to mid-size manufacturers. The index is developed through a survey that asks members whether they expect to see growth in business compared to previous months and prior years, as well as what they expect to be their anticipated growth sectors. The survey is drawn from Xometry’s partner network of small to mid-size manufacturers as well as from out-of-network shops with less than 50 employees. The index aims to highlight trends over time to provide analysis and predictions on the national outlook for small to mid-size manufacturers.

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This article was written by various Xometry contributors. Xometry is a leading resource on manufacturing with CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, 3D printing, injection molding, urethane casting, and more.