McLean, VA – March 2015 US manufacturing technology orders (MTO) totalled $399.83 million, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 30.3% from February’s $306.96 million but down 18.7% when compared with the total of $491.73 million reported for March 2014. With a year-to-date total of $1,052.29 million, 2015 was down 12.7% when compared with 2014.
These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.
“There are many indications that our end-user customers are making significant investments in their manufacturing facilities to increase capacity, including GM’s announcement that it will invest billions in its US plants,” said AMT president Douglas K. Woods. “Overall we expect the industry to hold steady with a push-pull between strong domestic investment in manufacturing but a drag on foreign trade due to the dollar’s strength.”
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. AMT says its 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.