Manufacturing Technology Orders for 2011 Up 73.9% from 2010

However November total was down 6.9% from October.

U.S. manufacturing technology orders in November totaled $430.17 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT -- The Association For Manufacturing Technology. The total was down 6.9% from October but up 26.6% when compared with the total of $339.68 million reported for November 2010.

With a year-to-date total of $4,956.51 million, 2011 is up 73.9% compared with 2010.

"Manufacturing technology orders slowed slightly in November, but maintained their sprint toward the 2011 finish line thanks to the bonus depreciation tax incentive, said Peter Borden, AMTDA president. "The order slowdown in metal cutting equipment was countered by acceleration in the fabricating sector and contributed to an increase over 2010 of nearly 75%. Backlogs for 2012 are very healthy at this point and growing longer.

In the Northeast Region at $64.88 million, orders in the Northeast Region were down 1.8% when compared with the $66.09 million total for October and down 1.4% when compared with November a year ago. The year-to-date total of $743.95 million is 38.9% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

November manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region totaled $51.77 million, 4.0% less than Octobers $53.91 million but 17.3% more than the November 2010 total. With a year-to-date total of $619.34 million, 2011 is up 55.5% when compared with 2010 at the same time.

Midwest Region manufacturing technology orders in November stood at $141.29 million, 5.0% less than the October total of $148.77 million but up 22.1% when compared with last November. At $1,663.63 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 94.0% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Orders in the Central Region in November totaled $125.10 million, down 9.6% from Octobers $138.31 million but up 56.4% when compared with the November 2010 figure. The $1,354.89 million year-to-date total is 81.9% higher than the total for the same period in 2010.

Western Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $47.14 million in November, 14.6% less than the $55.17 million total for October but 34.3% higher than the tally for November 2010. At $574.70 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 83.5% when compared with last year at the same time.

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