Subscribe and listen to AW’s podcast!
Subscribe and listen to the Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered podcast!
Listen Here

Motion Control Product Orders Up 22 Percent in First Quarter

The latest numbers indicate an accelerating recovery in the motion control market, says trade group.

New orders for motion control products jumped 22 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, according to figures released on June 7 by the Motion Control Association (MCA,, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based trade group.  

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, the first quarter numbers were up by 27 percent, an indication that recovery in the motion control market is accelerating, according to MCA President Jeff Burnstein.

“The positive results in the motion control market are consistent with leading indicators of manufacturing activity, such as the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI (Purchasing Managers Index), which have shown a steady expansion in the manufacturing sector,” Burnstein said. While pointing to a recovery in the motion control market, however, Burnstein cautioned that forecasts of industrial production suggest that the rate of growth in manufacturing and in motion control orders could moderate in subsequent quarters.   

Product categories

MCA summarizes market results in both quarterly tracking reports and trend analysis reports. These reports examine orders and shipments by major product category quarterly and annually with tables and color graphics.  Growth rates and book-to-bill ratios are provided for product categories including motion controllers (positioners), electronic drives (amplifiers), AC drives (inverter/vectors), motors (DC/AC servo motors), AC motors (induction), actuators and mechanical systems (mechanical drivers, gearboxes and other products), sensors and feedback devices, other ancillary components; and support and services.

Both reports are available free of charge to MCA members. Members providing data for the reports receive “full” versions of the reports, which are highly detailed examinations of order and shipment results.

MCA is a global not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting the understanding and use of motion control technologies and developing business opportunities for mechanical and electronic (mechatronics) motion control companies.  Its members include manufacturers of complete motion control systems, component suppliers, distributors, system integrators, end users, consulting groups, and research organizations.

Motion Control Association

Test Your Machine Learning Smarts
Take Automation World's machine learning quiz to prove your knowledge!
Take Quiz
Test Your Machine Learning Smarts
Discover New Content
Access Automation World's free educational content library!
Unlock Learning Here
Discover New Content