Have you even stopped and noticed how many objects we come into contact with each day that contain manufactured metal products?
It’s simply astounding!
From simpler items like the silverware, shelf brackets and folding chairs to more complex assemblies such as automobiles or airplanes, we are surrounded by fabricated metal parts and use them everyday.
These items all have to be manufactured, piece by individual piece.
Manufacturing metal parts begins by taking raw materials, be it aluminum, titanium, steel, etc. and applying a number of metalworking processes such as bending, welding, shearing to create individual metal parts.
Next the metal parts may go through a variety of finishing processes such as deburring and painting or powder coating.
At this point the metal part may be complete and ready for market, while other times individual parts are assembled into more complex assemblies.
A Few Facts About Manufactured Metal Products
Every day manufacturing touches some aspect of our lives. Whether it’s contributing $2.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, providing 12.3 million jobs across the country or serving as a major source of U.S. research and development (R&D), there is no denying the importance of the manufacturing industry. With our newly updated Facts About Manufacturing infographic you can learn more about these and other interesting data points.
Arizona Manufacturing Facts
Manufacturers in Arizona account for 8.61 percent of the total output in the state, employing
5.91 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $24.03 billion in 2013. In
addition, there were 153,900 manufacturing employees in Arizona in 2014, with an average
annual compensation of $78,913 in 2013.
Manufacturers help to drive Arizona’s economy, with $16.75 billion in manufactured goods
exports in 2014. That same year, $8.70 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA)
partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 27.40 percent of its employment stemmed from
exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 87.50 percent of all exporters in Arizona.