Companies in this industry manufacture metalworking machinery, including molds, dies, cutting tools, and machining centers. Major companies include Hardinge, Hurco, and Kennametal (all based in the US), along with Amada (Japan), DMG Mori (Japan), Fives (France), Shenyang Machine Tool (China), and TRUMPF (Germany).
Demand is closely linked to US industrial activity. The profitability of individual companies depends on the complexity of their product designs and their manufacturing efficiency. Large companies have the resources to make complex, automated machinery. Small companies can compete successfully by making specialty products, replacement parts, or accessories. The US industry is fragmented: the largest 50 US companies generate about 30% of revenue.
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Dies and molds account for about 45% of US industry revenue, machine tools for 25%, and cutting tools and machine tool accessories about 20%. The industry itself relies on metalworking machinery to make products. The primary manufacturing facilities are specialized foundry and machine shops.