Indianapolis, IN -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/09/2015 -- Leading systems integrator, Bastian Solutions, agreed with the new report that the business outlook among U.S. industrial manufacturers would remain strong throughout 2015. According to the Q4 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC. Optimism regarding the prospects of the U.S. economy during the next 12 months increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers to 68 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, up 11 points from 57 percent in the previous quarter. At the same time, optimism about the world economy improved to 38 percent, up eight points from 30 percent in the third quarter, but still down from 47 percent in last year's fourth quarter.
"Economic sentiment has improved among U.S. manufacturers and we are seeing an upswing in their confidence levels, leading to increased plans for hiring and operational spending," said Bobby Bono, PwC's U.S. industrial manufacturing leader. "Management teams are primarily focusing on hiring skilled workers, developing new products and investing in research and development, in an effort to further strengthen core competencies, support growth and build market share. However, management teams still remain guarded on the world stage where a high level of uncertainty has prevailed."
Sixty percent of U.S. industrial manufacturers indicated plans to add employees to their workforce over the next 12 months, up from 52 percent in the third quarter and in line with last year's fourth quarter. These data were reported in a recent issue of System Integration News.
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Bastian Solutions is a global material handling systems integrator and expert in e-Commerce fulfillment automation. An innovator in the fields of material handling automation, goods-to-person systems, wearable AR technology, supply chain software, and robotics, Bastian Solutions is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, with an additional 16 domestic offices and 7 international offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Uniquely positioned, Bastian Solutions offers customers complete and innovative turnkey material handling systems, from design and simulation, all the way through installation and operations.
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