Manufacturing: A turn – and tech – for the better

The factory sector looks set to break out of the doldrums it’s been in since late 2022, when the Institute for Supply Management’s headline index dipped into contraction. Executives are looking for a notable turn in 2024—with growth picking up further in the second half—and plan to spend more on people and equipment.

Two examples: More than 40% of metalcasters plan to increase their capital spending next year and Dodge Construction Network says manufacturing construction should grow 16%.

One thing that’s unlikely to change much from 2023 is the talent shortage. Despite improvements in some subsectors, labor issues remain front and center and are contributing to tech spending growth—both on the factory floor and in warehouses.

Here’s a collection of recent stories from Endeavor Business Media’s manufacturing group that help set the stage for the coming year.

IndustryWeekManufacturers ‘want to see the dust settle’ in ’24

Bulk TransporterACC: Chemistry output to rise in ’24

Foundry Management & Technology2024 metalcasting business outlook

Material Handling & LogisticsWarehouse automation to grow in 2024

Automation World2024 will be the year manufacturing tech matures

Electrical MarketingDodge calls for 7% increase in construction starts

Foundry Management & Technology This time, it’s personnel 

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