October 2016 manufacturing technology orders saw slight growth

October 2016 manufacturing technology orders saw slight growth

Marked improvement for manufacturing technology orders is not forecast until the second quarter of 2017.

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December 13, 2016

McLean, Virginia – Manufacturing technology orders saw year-over-year gains for the third consecutive month in October 2016, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders for the month were valued at $335.48 million, up 0.2% compared to the same month last year. Year to date, orders are down 5.6% compared to the same point in 2015.

Orders have begun to emerge gradually from the trough seen through most of 2016, and other signs indicate that the manufacturing economy is improving, albeit slowly. Housing starts grew 25.5% in October, a good sign for manufacturers who make appliances, cars, and electronics. Additionally, the November 2016 PMI from the Institute for Supply Management was 53.2, indicating expansion in manufacturing, and factory output improved slightly in October. However, global trade remains largely stagnant.

“It’s certainly welcome to see signs of recovery for manufacturing overall, but marked improvement for manufacturing technology orders is not forecast until the second quarter of 2017,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “Unless manufacturers feel pressed on capacity, they aren’t likely to make substantial capital investments in machinery and equipment. Those signs of gradual improvement and increased utilization rates are emerging, albeit slowly.”

Month over month, order value dropped 32.9% compared to September 2016, which accounted for high order volume generated by IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show. Year-to-date orders for 2016 stand at $3,244.07 million. USMTO data is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment.

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO)
The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. This report, compiled by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.

About AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
AMT represents U.S.-based builders and distributors of manufacturing technology – the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive. Located in McLean, Virginia, near the nation’s capital, AMT acts as the industry’s voice to speed the pace of innovation, increase global competitiveness and develop manufacturing’s advanced workforce of tomorrow. With extensive expertise in industry data and intelligence, as well as a full complement of international business operations, AMT offers its members an unparalleled level of support. AMT also produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show
The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2018 will run Sept. 10-15. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 114,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 112 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

Source: AMT