January 14, 2013
November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $421.83 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was down 11.0 percent from October and down 8.5 percent when compared with the total of $460.86 million reported for November 2011. With a year-to-date total of $5,212.17 million, 2012 was up 4.8 percent compared with 2011.
These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTC program.
"Orders for all of 2012 remain full steam ahead, likely on pace to pass the totals of 2011 and echoing the overall strength of manufacturing for the year," said Douglas K. Woods, AMT President. "While economic uncertainty remains a concern for both businesses and consumers, we anticipate a steady, albeit slower growth for manufacturing as we begin 2013."
The USMTC report, jointly compiled by the trade association representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. consumption data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.
U.S. manufacturing technology consumption also is reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.
Northeast Region — Manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region totaled $66.02 million, up 1.9 percent from October's $64.81 million but down 20.8 percent when compared with the November 2011 figure. At $713.53 million, 2012 year-to-date was down 6.4 percent when compared with 2011 at the same time.
Southern Region — Southern Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $65.47 million in November, down 6.4 from the $69.98 million total for October but 22.6 percent higher than the total for November 2011. The year-to-date total of $760.48 million is 17.7 percent more than the comparable figure for 2011.
Midwest Region — At $129.36 million, November manufacturing technology orders in the Midwest Region were down 20.9 percent when compared with the $163.55 million total for October and down 13.7 percent when compared with November a year ago. With a year-to-date total of $1,664.51 million, 2012 was up 3.5 percent when compared with 2011 at the same time.
Central Region — November manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region totaled $109.15 million, 14.3 percent lower than October's $127.32 million and down 13.0 percent when compared with the November 2011 figure. At $1,458.43 million, the 2012 year-to-date total was 5.6 percent more than the comparable figure for 2011.
Western Region manufacturing technology orders in November stood at $51.82 million, up 7.4 percent from the October total of $48.23 million and 6.2 percent higher than the figure for November 2011. The $615.22 million year-to-date total was 6.7 percent above the total for the same period in 2011.