For Release: January 12, 2015

Bonnie Gurney, AMT, 703-827-5277
Manufacturing Technology Orders Dip in November - 2014 Still Up 2.6%

November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $378.06 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 15.5% from October and down 14.5% when compared with the total of $442.01 million reported for November 2013. Despite the monthly dip, with a year-to-date total of $4,556.60 million, 2014 is up 2.6% compared with 2013.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. 

“Despite a downward monthly trend in manufacturing technology orders, we remain bullish on the U.S. industry market overall, with robust factory production and strong performance in the automotive sector,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT President. “Many manufacturers took a ‘pause’ in November to assess the challenges from the previous few months, such as contraction in China, Europe and Russia, less activity from the oil and gas industry due to the dramatic drop in prices and perhaps a little bit of the ‘IMTS Effect’ pulling some sales forward. Overall, however, we anticipate 2015 to be another year of positive growth, with manufacturing leading the U.S. economy.” 

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, compiled by the trade association representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. 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. 

NOTE:  AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology’s intent is to always provide timely and accurate economic reports to our community. For this reason, we are making an adjustment to the USMTO report. Due to a change in survey participants the year over year comparison number for Metal Forming and Fabricating is not an accurate reflection of the data. We have adjusted the data for the past 12 months to take this change into consideration. The new chart reflects a consistent year over year comparison of the data at the current participation level.


U.S. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for six geographic breakdowns of the United States. 

Southeast Region 

November manufacturing technology orders in the Southeast Region totaled $48.66 million, up 37.7% when compared with October’s $35.35 million. At $439.88 million, 2014 year-to-date orders were 8.1% more than the comparable figure for 2013.

North Central-East Region 

North Central-East Region manufacturing technology orders in November stood at $94.07 million, down 20.7% from October’s $118.68 million and down 24.6% when compared with the $124.72 million total for November 2013. The 2014 year-to-date total of $1,197.81 million was 4.3% higher than the 2013 total at the same time.

North Central-West Region 

At $68.29 million, North Central-West Region manufacturing technology orders in November were off 27.1% from October’s $93.66 million. The 2014 year-to-date total of $802.81 million was 2.5% less than the comparable figure for 2013.

South Central 

At $63.20 million, November manufacturing technology orders in the South Central Region were off 3.4% when compared with last November’s $65.42 million.  At $714.15 million, 2014 year-to-date orders were running 5.9% ahead of 2013 at the same time.
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USMTO in a nutshell – AMT Vice President - Strategic Analytics Pat McGibbon comments on USMTO numbers and the manufacturing technology market in the U.S.

USMTO January 12, 2015 pdf