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Motion Control Association Reports 22% Jump in New Orders in First Quarter

POSTED 06/07/2010

(Ann Arbor, Michigan – June 7, 2010)  New orders for motion control products jumped 22% in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, according to new figures from the Motion Control Association (MCA), the industry’s trade group. 

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, the first quarter numbers were up by 27%, an indication that recovery in the motion control market is accelerating, according to Jeff Burnstein, MCA’s President.

“The positive results in the motion control market are consistent with leading indicators of manufacturing activity, such as the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI (Purchasing Managers Index), which have show a steady expansion in the manufacturing sector, “ Burnstein observed.

While pointing to a recovery in the motion control market, however, Burnstein cautioned that forecasts of industrial production suggest that the rate of growth in manufacturing and in motion control orders could moderate in subsequent quarters.  

MCA summarizes market results in both quarterly tracking reports and trend analysis reports.  These reports examine orders and shipments by major product category quarterly and annually with tables and color graphics.  Growth rates and book to bill ratios are provided for product categories including motion controllers (positioners), electronic drives (amplifiers), AC drives (inverter/vectors), motors (DC/AC servomotors), AC motors (induction), actuators and mechanical systems (mechanical drivers, gearboxes, etc), sensors and feedback devices, other ancillary components; and support and services.

Both reports are available free of charge to MCA members. Members providing data for the reports receive “full” versions of the reports, which are highly detailed examinations of order and shipment results. Non-participating members receive “abridged” reports, which contain shipment results. 

MCA is a global not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting the understanding and use of motion control technologies and developing business opportunities for mechanical and electronic (mechatronics) motion control companies.  Its members include manufacturers of complete motion control systems, component suppliers, distributors, system integrators, end users, consulting groups, and research organizations.

MCA is part of the Automation Technologies Council, an umbrella group comprised of some 550 motion control, robotics, and machine vision companies.