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Power Transmission/Motion Control Product Sales Fall in July

Sales of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products by U.S. manufacturers dropped in July by 1.3 percent compared with the previous month, and Canadian manufacturers’ sales dropped by 12.3 percent according to July 2010 sales data released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) in its Market Outlook Report.

Although sales dropped in July, sales year-to-date are still ahead of the same period in 2009. In the U.S., year-to-date sales are up 7.6 percent over the same period in 2009. In Canada, sales are 10.3 percent ahead of 2009.

For the third consecutive month, confidence in the market by U.S. manufacturers holds a neutral position of 5.0, while Canadian manufacturers’ confidence dropped from 5.2 back to 4.9 from 5.1 on a scale of 1 (very pessimistic) to 10 (outstanding). 

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

U.S.
Product

%Change

Mechanical Drive Systems and Other PT Products

-7.8%

Unmounted Bearings

-3.5%

Positioning Systems/Linear Motion Products

-0.6%

Gear Products

-0.3%

Mounted Bearings

1.7%

Standard Industrial Motors

2.6%

Clutches & Brakes

3.9%

Shaft Couplings

4.8%

Variable Speed Drives

8.4%

Canada
Product

%Change

Positioning Systems/Linear Motion Products

-26.0%

Unmounted Bearings

-20.3%

Mounted Bearings

-11.7%

Gear Products

-9.5%

Shaft Couplings

-3.8%

Mechanical Drive Systems and Other PT Products

-0.1%

Variable Speed Drives

5.1%

Clutches & Brakes

35.6%

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. Learn more at www.ptda.org/MOR or order the reports at www.ptda.org/store.

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