Though China’s economy has slowed somewhat, there’s still an opportunity for US companies interested in manufacturing. Furthermore, they can do so without fear of instability.
Due to the effects of an aggressive stimulus buoying manufacturing and construction activity, economists had forecasted a meltdown. However, their efforts proved to avoid this. The most recent updates to China’s Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMI), suggest that even while the overall pace of Chinese manufacturing has slowed, stability and opportunity remains.
The Purchasing Managers Index: What It Is and Why It Matters
In the USA, the non-profit Institute for Supply Management (ISM) surveys hundreds of American purchasing managers each month on 5 major indicators:
- Newly placed orders
- Existing inventory numbers
- Current production levels
- Recent deliveries from suppliers, and
- Employment totals
The ISM compiles these figures and compares them against previous numbers to produce a PMI that many investors consider the benchmark for the economic health of the industry sector. An index of 50.0 represents no change in overall activity from the previous month. Numbers above or below 50.0 indicate growth or contraction, compared to the previous measurement period. ISM’s PMI has proved useful as other countries have duplicated the model around the world. China did so as a measure of economic health.
China’s Two PMI Measures Tell Slightly Different Stories, Both Positive
There are actually two PMI figures that reflect China’s industrial activity. The country’s National Bureau of Statistics polls larger manufacturers with a resulting emphasis on state-owned enterprises. Beijing’s Caixin Media Company puts together an alternative manufacturing PMI, focusing on smaller, private service sector companies.
In recent months both measures have held near forecasts, suggesting a degree of stability even though a return to consistent growth has not yet been achieved. The official 2016 PMI totals have hovered around the 50.0 mark, beginning 2016 at 49.4, rising to 50.2 in March, and slightly declining to 50.0 in June. The 2016 Caixin PMI numbers began at 48.4 and jumped to 49.7 in March with the downward trend in June being 48.6.
Taken together, analysists note these numbers indicate the larger and state-owned manufacturing concerns continue to hold more steadily, while smaller and privately held operations are still experiencing some erosion. Some analysists reason the figures show that China’s stimulus efforts appear to be working, and the fairly ambitious growth targets can still be met.
Getting Involved in China with Expert, Effective Help
These recent PMI figures also suggest that now is the time to take advantage of these trends. With many companies in China eager for new manufacturing business, this may be an especially good time for your company to get involved.
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ITI Manufacturing can help you discover profitable new opportunities. Take advantage of the recent PMI numbers that indicate this is an opportune time to investigate China manufacturing. Contact us today!