April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $396.92 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 21.0% from March but up 74.9% when compared with the total of $226.99 million reported for April 2010. With a year-to-date total of $1,595.98 million, 2011 is up 105.3% compared with 2010.
“It is very encouraging to see year-to-date orders more than double last year’s pace particularly with the price of oil, unrest in the Middle East, and the disasters in Japan,” said Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT. “Despite April’s numbers being slightly lower than March, recent levels of outstanding order activity are now approaching pre-recession levels which is a positive long-term indicator for our industry.”
The United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (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 machine tool consumption provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.
U.S. manufacturing technology consumption is also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.
At $58.26 million, April manufacturing technology consumption in the Northeast Region was down 24.8% when compared with the $77.43 million total for March but up 61.9% when compared with April a year ago. The year-to-date total of $240.64 million is 93.3% more than the comparable figure for 2010.
April manufacturing technology consumption in the Southern Region totaled $51.30 million, 12.8% more than March’s $45.47 million and 61.2% more than the April 2010 total. With a year-to-date total of $184.93 million, 2011 is up 49.7% when compared with 2010 at the same time.
Midwest Region manufacturing technology consumption in April stood at $124.34 million, 39.5% less than the March total of $205.64 million but up 117.4% when compared with last April. At $554.39 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 156.7% more than the comparable figure for 2010.
Manufacturing technology consumption in the Central Region in April totaled $120.77 million, down 5.0% from March’s $127.14 million but up 64.0% when compared with the April 2010 figure. The $456.34 million year-to-date total is 112.6% higher than the total for the same period in 2010.
Western Region manufacturing technology consumption totaled $42.25 million in April, 10.1% less than the $47.01 million total for March but 49.1% higher than the tally for April 2010. At $159.68 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 61.5% when compared with last year at the same time.
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