McLean, Virginia – Manufacturing technology orders for April 2016 were down 27.5% from the same month a year ago, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report compiled by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Year to date, orders are down 16.6% compared to the same point in 2015.
“The current conditions for manufacturing technology providers are a reflection of larger stagnation in manufacturing and the overall economy – some industries are performing well, and others are struggling,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “Automotive and aerospace, which mitigated the market decline for the last 15 months of the current downturn, continue to hold their own but they aren’t growing. Some industries are growing, such as consumer electronics, firearms, and medical, but those represent only 12% of our overall market. Weakness continues in the oil & gas and construction/off-road industries.”
Industry forecasters continue to anticipate an upswing in business in the fourth quarter; however, the current market downturn was more than forecasters had expected. AMT member companies report strong levels of quotation activity, but longer conversion rates for order placement. Manufacturing companies are resistant to make investments in capital equipment out of a sense of caution.
April 2016 manufacturing technology orders were valued at $284.10 million, compared to $391.69 million in April 2015. Monthly orders dropped 25.5% compared to March 2016. Year to date, total orders stand at $1,230.94 million, compared to $1,476.42 at the same point the previous year. USMTO data is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members – those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.