Edited from Industrial DistributionIn October, the Power Transmission Distributors Association reported that U.S. distributors' year-to-date sales of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products rose 10.6% as compared with sales for January thorugh October 2004. Sales decreased 4.3% over Setptember and were up 9.3% as compared with October 2004. Annualized sales to inventory ratio was 8.2 in October, compared with 8.3 in October 2004.For October, the confidence level of U.S. distributors remained flat at 6.5 on a 10-point scale.
In October, U.S. manufacturers’ sales of PT/MC increased 10.9 percent as compared to sales for January through October 2004. Sales decreased 0.2 percent over the previous month and were up 10.7 percent
as compared to October 2004. As compared to September, sales of mounted bearings, unmounted bearings, positioning systems/linear motion products, gear products and clutches and brakes increased.
Sales of standard industrial motors, variable speed drives, mechanical drive systems and other PT products and shaft couplings decreased.
Year-to-date orders of PT/MC products from U.S. manufacturers rose 13.5 percent as compared to 2004. October orders declined 6.2 percent over September but grew 6.9 percent as compared to October 2004.
Annualized sales to inventory ratio was 11.1 in October 2005 as compared to 10.4 October 2004.
For October, the confidence level of U.S. manufacturers rose to 5.6 from 5.5 in September 2005 on a 10-point scale.
For information on Canadian sales, go to ptda.org.