Machine Tool Orders Dip in May

While month-to-month order rates declined by nearly 23 percent in May, year-to-date totals are up by nearly 53 percent.

May U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $178.34 million, according to figures released on July 12 by the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA, www.amtda.org) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT, www.amtonline.org). This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was down by 22.9 percent from April, but up by 58.6 percent from the total of $112.42 million reported for May 2009.

With a year-to-date total of $966.63 million, 2010 is up by 52.9 percent compared with 2009, the two associations reported. These numbers and all data in the report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTC program.

“While we would like to see first quarter growth rates continue, we are not surprised by the typical second quarter ebb and flow in capital spending,” noted Peter Borden, AMTDA president. “We have seen an additional month of substantial orders which helps to confirm that a sustainable recovery is taking place despite the buzz of those forecasting a W-shaped rebound. Industry forecasts for the year have been revised slightly upward by many sources and, if Congress passes the bonus depreciation allowance, this could accelerate growth even further.”

The USMTC report, jointly compiled by the two trade associations representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. consumption data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity, the associations said.

American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association
www.amtda.org

Association For Manufacturing Technology
www.amtonline.org

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