US Machine Tool Orders Surged Again in September

AM Staff | Nov 14, 2018

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US Machine Tool Orders Surged Again in September

The two-month period of August and September saw a total of $1.1 billion new orders from U.S. manufacturers


AM Staff | Nov 14, 2018

U.S. manufacturers’ new orders for machine tools rose 17.9% from August to September, totaling $608.92 million during September — a period that included the gathering of 129,415 people and 2,563 exhibitors at IMTS 2018. During August and September, new orders for manufacturing technology totaled $1.1 billion, representing the second largest two-month total in the history of the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report.

美国制造商的机床新订单从8月到9月增长了17.9%,9月累计达到6亿8佰92万美元 – 其中包括在IMTS 2018上聚集了129,415人和2,563家参展商。 8月和9月,制造技术的新订单总计11亿美元,是美国制造技术订单报告历史上第二大两个月的总和。

The USMTO is a monthly summary of machine tool orders compiled and issued by AMT – the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology, based on data supplied by participating producers and distributors of metal-cutting and metal-forming and -fabricating equipment. The report includes data for domestically manufactured and imported machinery and equipment, and the results are based on actual order totals, nationwide and in six regional markets.


“We are seeing unprecedented demand for manufacturing technology as companies invest to drive up efficiencies and automate to backfill for skilled worker shortages,” stated AMT president Douglas K. Woods. “While we anticipated an overall uptick in orders due to IMTS, it was feared that a strong August meant companies would buy less at the show in September.”

U.S. machine tool new orders totaled $609 million, a 50% increase over September 2017, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report. 根據美國製造技術訂單報告,美國機床新訂單總額為6.09億美元,比2017年9月增加50%。

U.S. machine tool new orders totaled $609 million, a 50% increase over September 2017, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report.

AMT总裁Douglas K. Woods说:“我们看到了对制造技术的前所未有的需求,因为公司投资以提高效率并自动化回填技术工人短缺。”“虽然我们预期IMTS会导致订单总体上升,但人们担心8月购买量大增意味着公司在9月份的展会上购买量会减少。”

The September results represent a 50% rise over the September 2017 total, and they bring the 2018 year-to-date to 27% higher than the comparable January-September total for 2017.


“While there have been some concerns about tariffs, market swings, and the mid-term elections, none of it is swaying focus on growing the manufacturing base as both domestic and foreign manufacturers increase their capex investment in the United States,” Woods added.


AMT cited various factors for the sustained growth, including a large increase in demand for industrial machinery (+152% over August.) It noted that job-shops accounted for about one-third of all new orders (+$200 million, and up 65% from August.)

AMT列举了持续增长的各种因素,包括工业机械需求大幅增长(比8月增加了152%)。它指出,在所有新订单中约占三分之一(+ 2亿美元,增加65%) 8月份的百分比。 )

In the USMTO report’s regional activity, the Northeast sector posted total orders of $117.62 million during September, up 50.5% from August and up 61.9% from September 2017. For the year-to-date, Northeast shops’ metal-cutting equipment orders total $708.58 million, up 30.1% from 2017.


Southeast regional orders for metal-cutting equipment rose to $124.24 million, up 160.8% from August and up 150.0% from September 2017. The YTD total is $499.15 million, up 26.7% over 2017.


In the North Central-East region, metal-cutting equipment orders during September rose 13.7% from August to September, and 46.0% from September 2017, to $116.88 million. The YTD total is $875.39 million, a 16.5% increase over 2017.


The North Central-West region posted a month-to-month decline in September, down 27.1% from August to $104.18 million. That figure is still 4.6% higher than the September 2017 total, and brings the YTD total to $788.07 million, a 34.5% increase over January-September 2018.


The South Central region reported metal-cutting equipment orders of $4.15 million, down 22.6% from August but up 36.4% from September 2017. The regional YTD total is $393.52 million, a 34.9% improvement over last year’s nine-month total.


Finally, in the West region, metal-cutting equipment new orders during September were $89.84 million, up 15.2% over August and up 43.6% over September 2017. The YTD total is $661.02 million, a 17.9% improvement over January-September 2017.


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