By Robert Reinfried, Executive Vice President, CEMA
The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) tracks new orders and shipped sales volume in nine classes of unit handling equipment and four classes of bulk handling equipment. The executives representing CEMA member companies who attended the Fall Meeting expressed cautious concern for the remainder of 2013 noting that some softening was to be expected following record years in 2011 and 2012.
As a result, the updated forecast is a 2 percent decrease in 2013 shipments (changed from March 2013 forecast of a 5 percent increase).
CEMA reports that overall industry orders (bookings) for the first 6 months of 2013 decreased 3.72 percent compared to the same period in 2012, with total orders of $5.21 billion. CEMA estimates industry billed sales (shipments) for the first 6 months of 2013 decreased 1.72 percent compared to the same period in 2012, with total shipments of $5.09 billion.
Unit Handling orders were up 8.17 percent and shipments were up 12.20 percent. In the Bulk Conveying area, orders were down 16.76 percent and shipments were down 16.56 percent.
Founded in 1933, CEMA is the trade association of 127 leading North American conveyor equipment manufacturers and engineering firms.