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Power transmission sales back on upswing

Chicago, Ill. -- Mar. 19, 2002 -- The January trend data for distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/m...


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March 19, 2002
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Chicago, Ill. — Mar. 19, 2002 — The January trend data for distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) shows a significant increase in sales over December 2001.

Distributor’s results

Canadian distributors’ sales of PT/MC products climbed 20.6% over the previous month but dropped 7.0% as compared to January 2001. Annualized inventory turnover in January was 5.7 turns, compared to 4.9 turns in January 2001.

For January, the confidence level of Canadian distributors held constant at 5.5 on a 10-point scale.

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U.S. distributors’ sales of PT/MC products increased 16.0% over the previous month but decreased 8.6% as compared to January 2001. Annualized inventory turnover in January was 3.5 turns, compared to 4.0 turns in January 2001.

For January, the confidence level of U.S. distributors grew to 4.9 on a 10-point scale.

Manufacturer’s results

Canadian manufacturers’ sales of PT/MC products gained 24.3% over the previous month but dropped 9.3% as compared to January 2001. As compared to December, sales of mounted bearings, unmounted bearings, variable speed drives, gear products, mechanical drive system and other PT products and shaft couplings increased. Sales of clutches and brakes decreased.

For January, the confidence level of Canadian manufacturers rose to 5.0 on a 10-point scale.

Overall, U.S. manufacturers’ sales of PT/MC products fell 0.9% over the previous month and decreased 8.6% as compared to January 2001. As compared to December, sales of standard industrial motors, variable speed drives, positioning systems/linear motion products, gear products, clutches and brakes and shaft couplings were up. Sales of mounted bearings, unmounted bearings and mechanical drive systems and other PT products were down.

Total orders of PT/MC products from U.S. manufacturers increased 0.9% over December but decreased 10.9% as compared to last year. Annualized inventory turnover in January was 5.1 turns, compared to 5.2 turns in January 2001. For January, the confidence level of U.S. manufacturers rose to 5.0 on a 10-point scale.

By Bill Roebuck, Editor