MCLEAN, VA—U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders totaled $437.9 million, an increase of 41.6 percent over March 2020, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report published by AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Total orders for 2021 reached $1.1 billion, almost one-third above the total orders in the first quarter of 2020.
“It is noteworthy that total orders in the first quarter were significantly higher than total orders in Q1 2020, given the strength of the first three months of 2020, when the pandemic had not yet affected the industry,” says Douglas K. Woods, president of AMT. “And while these are certainly impressive numbers, they should have been even higher when looking at Oxford Economics’ prediction that U.S. GDP could have been 9.2 percent had inventories been at their normal levels versus the 6.4 percent actually achieved for Q1 2021. The good news is they predict that Q2 2021 growth will likely be upwards of 12 percent.”
“Drilling into sectors, agricultural, construction, and mining machinery orders more than doubled from last month; and recreational equipment, including boats, motorcycles, snow mobiles, and ATVs, were all very strong. Two notable industries which saw declines over February 2021 were automotive and aerospace, two sectors which typically drive manufacturing growth, highlighting just how strong orders from other sectors were in March.”
The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) Report is based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. This report provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.