ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- 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,” said Burnstein.
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.