Sales increase for motion control manufacturers

Thursday April 15, 2010
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  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: 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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