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Confidence drops among PT/MC manufacturers amid mixed October results

Chicago, IL -- There are mixed results for October 2008 in the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) m...


December 8, 2008
By MRO Magazine


Chicago, IL — There are mixed results for October 2008 in the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) month-end trend data for distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products.


U.S. distributors’ overall sales of PT/MC products were unchanged in October 2008 compared to September 2008. When matched up against sales in the same month last year, sales in October 2008 were up by 7.4%. Accounts receivable collection days rose 2.3% since September 2008. The confidence index of U.S. distributors for October was also unchanged, remaining at 5.2 (on a 10-point scale).



Following double digit sales growth in September 2008, Canadian distributors reported a 4.2% drop in sales in October 2008. Sales over the same period last year were up 2.5%. Accounts receivable collection days fell 5.1% compared to September 2008. For the third consecutive month, the confidence level of Canadian distributors remained steady at 5.3 (on a 10-point scale).


U.S. manufacturers’ sales rose 3.0% in October 2008 when compared to September 2008. Sales in October 2008 increased 6.2% compared to the same period last year. Orders in October 2008 were up 7.8% over September 2008. The confidence level of U.S. manufacturers fell 0.2 to 4.9 (on a 10-point scale), which is the lowest level since May 2002.


Canadian manufacturers’ sales reversed September 2008 positive gains by posting a 4.9 drop in October 2008. Sales were down 5.6% when compared to the same period last year. The confidence level of Canadian manufacturers decreased 0.3 to 4.4 (on a 10-point scale) from September to October 2008, the lowest level in this decade.


Product-by-product sales between September 2008 and October 2008 reflect the change in sales experienced by U.S. and Canadian manufacturers. Three product categories for U.S. manufacturers — unmounted bearings, positioning systems/linear motion products and standard industrial motors—posted increases in sales. For Canadian manufacturers, three product categories posted an increase in sales — positioning systems/linear motion products, variable speed drives and standard industrial motors.

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