Business Trends Archive

Industry Forecast

  • Distributors Look Ahead With Confidence

    New markets, fresh staffing, better efficiencies, customer partnerships and a strong sense of purpose are propelling distributors through many challenges in 2015. Eighty-eight percent project an average sales increase of 10.3%, compared to last year when 81% projected an average increase of 9.4%. In 2011, the increase was only 7.6%. So after a couple of [...]

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  • Suppliers Invest In Their Companies

    Suppliers to the gases and welding industry are on solid footing in 2015. For the first time in seven years, none of the suppliers interviewed are projecting a decline in sales. (Trust me, the conversations this past quarter have been a lot more pleasurable.) Whether investing in renovated or new facilities, new product development or [...]

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