May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $336.98 million, according to AMT. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 13.2 percent from April’s $388.43 million and down 6.2 percent when compared with the total of $359.28 million reported for May 2014. With a year-to-date total of $1,798.34 million, 2015 was down 7.9 percent when compared with 2014.
These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.
“In large part, the decline in manufacturing technology orders is due to smaller manufacturers feeling a sense of economic uncertainty and therefore hesitant to make any kind of capital investment,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “In addition, the energy industry has curbed its spending, accounting for about half of the year-to-date decline in orders, and aerospace did not perform as well as expected in the first quarter. We expect the downturn to ease thanks to strong performance in the automotive and medical industries, with industrial production and a stronger PMI also indicating resilience in manufacturing.”