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Manufacturing technology orders up 13.6% in May

Washington - US manufacturing technology orders in May 2013 totalled $430.06 million, according to AMT - the Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing...


Washington – US manufacturing technology orders in May 2013 totalled $430.06 million, according to AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, was up 13.6% from April but down 7.6% when compared with the total of $465.38 million reported for May 2012.

With a year-to-date total of $2,085.14 million, 2013 is down 6.9% compared with 2012.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

“A rise in US manufacturing technology orders is welcome as we move into the summer months, which are typically soft. New technologies are creating change in automotive production, while many aerospace manufacturers are making shifts within their supply chains,” said Patrick W. McGibbon, AMT vice-president – industry intelligence.

“Contract machining is also seeing growth thanks to the cost advantages of manufacturing within the US. Meanwhile, foreign direct investment within the US. continues to increase, and all of these factors are contributing to new capital investment within manufacturing.”

The USMTO report, compiled by the trade association representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national US 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.