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Sales took a big hit in March for PT/MC manufacturers

Chicago, IL -- Both US and Canadian manufacturers of power transmission and motion control equipment experienced a ...


Chicago, IL — Both US and Canadian manufacturers of power transmission and motion control equipment experienced a drop in sales in March 2009, according to sales data released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA).

Confidence in the market (as measured on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being most optimistic) has also eroded, holding a current negative position between 4.6 and 4.9.

 

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Following a negligible increase in sales in February 2009, US manufacturers’ sales dropped by 4.2% in March 2009. Compared to the same period last year, sales in March 2009 were down 24.9%. Orders in March 2009 continue to drop with a 7.8% decrease over February 2009 sales.

 

Canadian manufacturers’ sales were down 7.9% compared to February 2009. Sales were down 29.0% when compared to the same period last year.

 

Sales between February 2009 and March 2009 in specific product categories reflect the change in sales experienced by US and Canadian manufacturers. Most product categories for US manufacturers posted a decrease in sales (see tables below).

 

The Market Outlook Report is published monthly by the PTDA. The full report includes US and Canadian manufacturer data for sales and order trends for mounted bearings, unmounted bearings, standard industrial motors, variable speed drives, positioning systems/linear motion products, gear products, clutches and brakes, shaft couplings and mechanical drive systems and other PT products.

 

Year-end data for 2007 and 2008 is available in a complete report. The monthly data is available by subscription via e-mail or mail. To order the report, visit www.ptda.org/store or call PTDA at 312-516-2100.

 

Canadian manufacturer per cent change in product sales

(February 2009 vs. March 2009)

 

Product

Percent Change

Shaft Couplings

-62.7%

Standard Industrial Motors

-40.7%

Positioning Systems/Linear Motion Products

-26.7%

Clutches & Brakes

-18.7%

Mechanical Drive Systems & Other PT Products

-6.6%

Mounted Bearings

-5.2%

Unmounted Bearings

1.8%

Variable Speed Drives

2.9%

Gear Products

17.9%

 

 

 

U.S. manufacturer per cent change in product sales

(February 2009 vs. March 2009)

 

Product

Percent Change

Variable Speed Drives

-25.8%

Shaft Couplings

-15.1%

Mounted Bearings

-13.3%

Gear Products

-12.8%

Standard Industrial Motors

-12.5%

Clutches & Brakes

-1.8%

Mechanical Drive Systems and Other PT Products

-0.3%

Unmounted Bearings

8.6%

Positioning Systems/Linear Motion Products

8.9%