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In 2022, the manufacturing industry will have a market size of $6 trillion, as measured by revenue. On the other hand, it is anticipated to shrink by -0.5 percent in 2022 as per the Inkxpert research. The sector accounts for 12% of the economy and includes a broad range of firms that produce various goods and services, ranging from automobiles to pharmaceuticals to industrial machinery. 

Changing Market Environment

At the inception of the pandemic, the global socio-economic effects including infections, institutional and business closures, and supply chain issues—stressed industry and individuals alike. Manufacturing in the United States, like the rest of the economy, suffered a major setback in Q2 2020, when a nationwide shutdown resulted in enormous lay-offs, logistical inefficiencies, production downturn, and budget deficits.

The U.S. manufacturing market is in a period of significant change and transition, as the sector continues to evolve with the advent of new technologies and global standards. The industry is facing several challenges, including an aging workforce, decreasing productivity and increased labor costs, rising competition from emerging economies, and outdated manufacturing infrastructure. In response to these challenges, manufacturers are seeking ways to improve productivity, reduce costs and increase efficiency in their supply chain networks. As such, they are turning to technology to help solve these issues. However, a recent Inkxpert market analysis found that only 30% of manufacturers believe that automation will be integral to their future business strategy over the next five years -- even though it is a critical component for success in today's dynamic environment.

Barriers to Growth

The U.S. manufacturing industry is in a state of decline and the outlook for future growth seems uneven, with fewer than half of manufacturers expecting their business to grow over the next year. This is according to a new report from Inkxpert research.

The most significant barrier hindering worldwide market expansion is thought to be high initial capital inputs. According to the Inkxpert market analysis, the most significant impediment is the cost, which is followed by a lack of knowledge on which technology to invest in. The cost has become a major issue for many businesses since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in investment cuts and other losses. As a result, the market expansion is likely to be stifled by high upfront capital expenditures. In addition, higher energy costs are putting pressure on manufacturers' profit margins and raising concerns about how much longer they can rely on rising labor costs to offset cost increases from rising raw material costs.

Future Outlook

Manufacturing output grew 0.8 percent in April 2022, following a similar increase in March 2022, largely compensating for the pandemic's economic effects. The Inkxpert research predicted a 0.4 percent increase in factory production. As a new class of workers brings technical knowledge to corporations, those that stress innovation and a positive work environment will flourish in the period of difficulties. Innovative manufacturing techniques like sophisticated analytics and automation will have an increasing impact on efficiency, while inflation will fall as corporate initiatives and monetary policy adjust to changing market environments.

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