November Manufacturing Technology Orders Down 2.4%

Signals point to a rebound in second quarter.

Manufacturing technology orders fell 2.4 percent in November (compared to October), according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology. Year-to-date, orders were down 5.1 percent compared to the same point in 2015.

The motor vehicle, aerospace and job shop sectors showed increased order activity in the last few months of the year, indicating capital investment in anticipation of a need for additional capacity. Some leading economic indicators suggest stronger activity ahead. The Purchasing Managers Index from ISM climbed for the fourth consecutive month to 54.7 in December, and new orders and production for U.S. factories rose to their highest levels since 2014.

Industry analysts for manufacturing technology forecast that orders may begin to rebound as early as April.

“While our industry endured some challenges in 2016, bookings for the last few months of the year were better than expected and early input on January is very promising, particularly in the aerospace and job shop sectors,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “We are seeing improvements in the overall economy, with post-election business confidence on the rise as demonstrated by strong performance in the financial and equity markets.”

November 2016 total order value was $329.61 million, down from October’s total of $337.58 million. Year-to-date, orders were valued at $3,577.71 million, compared to $3,771.28 million for the same point in 2015.

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