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Power Transmission Product Sales Drop in April

U.S. and Canadian manufacturers’ sales of Power Transmission products dropped in April, after increases in February and March according to sales data released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) in its Market Outlook Report. Sales in the U.S. dropped by 0.7 percent, while Canadian sales dropped 10.4 percent.

For U.S. manufacturers, sales for April 2010 are up 12.7 percent compared to sales at this time last year. Canadian manufacturers’ year-to-year sales rose 15.2 percent for the same period.

Breaking a three-month neutral position of 5.0, U.S. manufacturers’ confidence gained a tenth of a point, rising to 5.1 on a scale of 1 (very pessimistic) to 10 (outstanding).  Canadian manufacturers also rose from a negative position of 4.8 to a positive outlook of 5.1. 

Month-to-month sales for product categories between March 2010 and April 2010 for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers are reported below.

U.S. Manufacturer Percent Change in Product Sales

(March 2010 vs. April 2010)

Product

Percent Change

Mounted Bearings

-8.4%

Shaft Couplings

-7.7%

Standard Industrial Motors

-3.6%

Mechanical Drive Systems and Other PT Products

-3.4%

Unmounted Bearings

-3.3%

Positioning Systems/Linear Motion Products

-1.8%

Variable Speed Drives

8.4%

Clutches & Brakes

14.5%

Gear Products

46.1%

Canadian Manufacturer Percent Change in Product Sales

(March 2010 vs. April 2010)

Product       

    Percent Change

Gear Products

 -14.9%

Mechanical Drive Systems and Other PT Products   

-12.1%

Mounted Bearings

-11.8%

Unmounted Bearings

-9.4%

Shaft Couplings

-7.5%

Positioning Systems/Linear Motion Products

-0.3%

Variable Speed Drives

11.2%

Clutches & Brakes

24.4%

The Market Outlook Report is published monthly by the Power Transmission Distributors Association. 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. 

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.

 

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