Orders for motion control products jumped 17.7% in 2011, according to new statistics released by theMotion Control Association (MCA;www.MotionControlOnline.org), the industry’s global trade group. Gains also occurred in the fourth quarter, rising 4% over the same period in 2010.
“2011 results were the best we’ve seen since MCA began tracking
industry statistics back in 2006 (beginning with 2005 data). We show double-digit
growth across all product categories that MCA tracks, including motion
controllers, electronic and AC drives, motors, actuators and mechanical systems,
sensors, and other ancillary components,” says Dana Whalls, Vice President of
“2011 is the second year in a row of double-digit growth and a
stark contrast to 2009, when the motion control market contracted by nearly one-third
because of the Great Recession,” says Paul Kellett, MCA’s Director of Market
Analysis. “The continuing recovery in
the broader economy helped drive continued strength in the motion control
MCA summarizes market results in quarterly tracking reports and
trend analysis reports. These reports examine orders and shipments by major
product category quarterly and annually. Growth rates and book to bill ratios
are provided for each product category. MCA
also provides an economic indicator report, which enables report users to
interpret quarterly statistics from the standpoint of macro-economic indicators
by individual manufacturing industry, as identified by the North American
Industry Classification System (NAICS).
Reports are available free of charge to all MCA members. Members
providing data for the reports receive “full” versions of the reports, which
are highly detailed examinations of order and shipment results.
Non-participating members receive “abridged” reports, which contain shipment
results. Members find the reports valuable as a measure of overall market
performance and as a benchmark for assessing relative company performance.
Motion-control market accelerates
March 12, 2012