Only a month into 2013, we can already tell its going to be a great year. While fueled by the excitement of our own growth in the past year, we’re also intrigued by what lies ahead for the innovative industries we serve. One in particular, that is ever-evolving, also seems to have some significant changes and developments unfolding: the auto industry. After all, in 2012, global sales of cars and trucks will have topped 80 million for the first time!
It’s true that American manufacturing output has slowed these last couple months. June and July saw either minimal or negative growth in the industrial sector. But June and July are two lackluster months out of 30-some months of solid gains posted in the US manufacturing sector. Politicians, pundits, and investors alike – those who used to write off America as an industrial has-been – have been forced to reassess their tune: American industrial orders are far above those during the worst years of the Great Recession, besides being extensively more than 2011. Big Three auto sales are not only up, but are in fact skyrocketing. Industrial and transportation jobs are there for the taking across America (though there seems to be a corresponding nationwide lack of skilled industrial workers able to handle all these new production and shipping jobs afforded them).
Well, no, we’re not necessarily talking about the Detroit Lions’ chances at winning the 2013 Superbowl (though who knows?) When we say “roaring, what we’re talking about is something more fundamental than even football: the fact that American automotive sales are climbing again to levels last seen in 2007 – before the so-called Great Recession hit our shores like a “Category 12” hurricane. With strong sales in China, GM has officially surpassed Toyota to once again reclaim its spot as the #1 automaker in the world. Ford Motors, the one Detroit motor company that staunchly refused government bailout money, is posting ample sales for its new 2013 models. Even Chrysler, the once-upon-a-time “Sick Man” of the Big Three, is reporting out-of-the-roof profits for this year. If American car sales continue to be as good as they were this June, then we may well realize larger profit margins for American automobiles – and corresponding opportunities for growth – than ever before seen.