Chicago, IL — The 1Q13 PTDA Business Index produced a reading of 61.1, which represents a substantial increase over last quarter’s reading of 50.7. This indicates that the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry expanded for the 12th consecutive quarter at a slightly faster pace compared with 4Q12. However, the 1Q2013 index is significantly lower when compared against the same quarter in previous years (with the 1Q2011 index at 85.5 and the 1Q12 index at 75.4).
[Note: The index reading indicates the rate of change compared with the previous period. For example, a reading of 50 indicates no change from the prior period while readings above 50 indicate growth and below 50 indicate contraction. The further the index is above or below 50 suggests a faster or slower rate of change.]
The entire 1Q13 PTDA Business Index report is available through PTDA’s website at www.ptda.org/Index. It includes U.S. and Canadian breakout data in addition to historical data. Conducted jointly by PTDA and Cleveland Research Company, the PTDA Business Index was modeled after the widely respected Purchasing Managers Index and tracks change in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices and backlog in the PT/MC industry to arrive at an overall index.
Founded in 1960, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is the leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel. A U.S.-based trade association, PTDA represents 178 power transmission/motion control distribution firms that generate more than $11 billion in sales and span just over 3,400 locations in the United States, Canada and eight other countries. PTDA members also include 180 manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry.
PTDA is dedicated to providing exceptional networking, targeted education, relevant information and leading-edge business tools to help distributors and manufacturers meet marketplace demands competitively and profitably. For more information, call +1.312.516.2100, visit www.ptda.org or follow us at @PTDAorg.