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Power transmission product sales regain lustre

Chicago, IL -- The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has released February 2007 month-end trend da...


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May 11, 2007
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Chicago, IL — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has released February 2007 month-end trend data for distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products.

After a four-month decline in U.S. distributors sales of PT/MC products at the end of 2006, this years sales continued to show positive growth with a 9.3% jump in sales for February. When matched up against February 2006 sales, sales in February 2007 were up 8.8%. Accounts receivable collection days were up 0.5% in February after a steep decline the previous month; accounts receivable collection days were up 1.5% compared to the same period last year.

Compared to the previous month, Februarys U.S. distributors confidence index of decreased 0.3% points to 6.4 on a 10-point scale.

Following a drop in December 2006 sales, Canadian distributors sales in PT/MC products posted its second consecutive month of gains, rising 8.5% in February. Compared to February 2006, sales increased 5.3% in February 2007. Days sales in account receivables continued to drop, decreasing 1.0% in February, but were up slightly (0.5%) as compared to the same month last year.

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The confidence level of Canadian distributors in February remained flat at 6.0 on a 10-point scale for the eighth consecutive month.

U.S. manufacturers sales continued to increase after a significant jump last month, rising 6.4% in February. Sales growth over the same period last year followed this trend, with an increase 7.3%. The confidence level of U.S. manufacturers continues to fluctuate between 5.4 and 5.6, with a 0.1 decrease (to 5.5) on a 10-point scale from January 2007 to February 2007.

Canadian manufacturers sales showed a decrease in sales across the board in February. After a one-month increase of 17.0% in January 2007, sales fell 3.0% in February. Year-to-year sales decreased 7.6% as compared to February 2006. The confidence level of Canadian manufacturers for February also fell 0.1 point (to 5.4) on a 10-point scale compared to January 2007.

In considering sales growth on a product-by-product basis between January and February 2007, product categories for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers both experienced an overall positive change in sales. For U.S. manufacturers only three categories — clutches and brakes, standard industrial motors, and variable speed drives — showed a reduction in sales. Canadian manufacturers also experience negative growth in three product categories — unmounted bearings, variable speed drives, and positioning systems/linear motion products.