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Sales increase for motion control manufacturers


April 15, 2010  by Mary Del

 

Things are looking up for Canadian and US power transmission and motion control manufacturers, according to a new report.

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) most recent Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers’ sales increased in the month of January, with U.S. manufacturers posting a slight increase of 0.1 percent and Canadian manufacturers’ sales rising by 10.4 percent.

While US sales still reflect sales declines between January 2009 and January 2010 – with year-to-date sales down 12.8 percent – Canadian manufacturers’ year-to-year sales are up 2.9 percent. U.S. manufacturers’ confidence rose from 4.9 in December to a neutral position of 5.0 — the highest position in a year.  Canadian manufacturers’ confidence rose slightly to 4.6 from 4.5 in December 2009. 

Month-to-month sales for product categories between December 2009 and January 2010 for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers are:

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U.S. Manufacturer Percent Change in Product Sales
(December 2009 vs. January 2010)

Product

Percent Change

Unmounted Bearings

-8.1%

Clutches & Brakes

-7.8%

Mounted Bearings

0.0%

Standard Industrial Motors

0.1%

Gear Products

0.4%

Shaft Couplings

4.5%

Mechanical Drive Systems and Other PT Products

16.8%

Positioning Systems/Linear Motion Products

21.9%

Variable Speed Drives

38.9%

Canadian Manufacturer Percent Change in Product Sales
(December 2009 vs. January 2010)

Product

Percent Change

Variable Speed Drives

-12.0%

Shaft Couplings

-3.3%

Mechanical Drive Systems and Other PT Products

2.3%

Unmounted Bearings

11.0%

Gear Products

15.1%

Positioning Systems/Linear Motion Products

20.4%

Clutches & Brakes

25.1%

Mounted Bearings

28.2%

 

 

The full report includes U.S. and Canadian manufacturer data for sales and order trends for mounted bearings, unmounted bearings, standard industrial motors (U.S. only), variable speed drives, positioning systems/linear motion products, gear products, clutches and brakes, shaft couplings and mechanical drive systems and other PT products. For mor

Year-end data for 2008 and 2009 is available in a complete report.  The monthly data is available by subscription via e-mail or mail.  To purchase the year-end data or to begin a subscription to the monthly data, order online at www.ptda.org/store or call PTDA at +1.312.516.2100.  PTDA members may download the report at no charge through the PTDA Web site at www.ptda.org/MOR.

Founded in 1960, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is the leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel.  A U.S.-based trade association, PTDA represents 198 power transmission/motion control distribution firms that generate more than $10 billion in sales and span 3,500 locations in North America and 11 other countries.  PTDA members also include 187 manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry.

PTDA is dedicated to providing exceptional networking, targeted education, relevant information and leading-edge business tools to help distributors and manufacturers meet marketplace demands competitively and profitably.  For more information, visit www.ptda.org.


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