2011 Machine Shop Market Profile - Part 2
The rebuilt engine market has certainly been knocked around the past few years, but despite the bruises, it hasn’t been knocked out. We at Engine Builder attribute this survival to one thing: diversity.
By Doug Kaufman
To us, diversity means a shop’s ability to do an increasing amount of various types of engine builds and engine machine work in a variety of engine markets. CERs today are more and more capable of doing everything from a single cylinder gas or diesel slugger to a 16-cylinder marine, industrial or off-road engine to a high performance street rod or racing engine.
Diversity means a shop that’s made investments in equipment capabilities to do their engine machine work or engine builds faster, cheaper and at consistent, unmatched-quality levels.
It means shops that have invested in training, technical resources and developed relationships with their suppliers that make them the known experts in their fields. Their customers seek them out for all of these reasons
Part 1 of our annual Machine Shop Market Profile, presented in print in the June 2011 issue of Engine Builder magazine, gave information concerning all types of production data, looking at average monthly engine, head and crankshaft production, core sourcing, analysis of shop equipment ownership, previous equipment purchases and future buying intentions, as well as the percentage of production time spent in specific areas of engine disassembly, cleaning, machining and reassembly.
In this part, we’re taking a look at financial data, size of shop, years in business, employee information and customer-base analysis of the typical custom engine rebuilder (CER).
As we stated last month, we feel the numbers generated by the Machine Shop Market Profile are as pristine and reliable as possible. Consequently, data contained in this study reflects the most accurate trending information available to CERs and their suppliers.
To download Part 2 of the Machine Shop Market Profile which includes additional information
on financial data, employee information and customer base analysis of
the typical CER/machine shop compared to the national average, please click here.