Q1 Workholding Shipments Up 8.1%

Domestic deliveries and exports rise, Midwest and Central are strongest

At $50.0 million for first quarter 2010, shipments of workholding equipment were up 10.7 percent from first quarter 2009 according to

The Association for Manufacturing Technology’s Advanced Workholding Technologies (AWT) Group reports that domestic U.S. shipments of workholding equipment totaled $42.6 million in the first quarter of 2010, and exports totaled $7.4 million.

AMT claims its Workholding Market Data Report is the only reliable source of detailed statistics on workholding equipment for marketing and planning purposes. The information represents 38 companies that participate in the AWT statistical report. The companies produce chucks, jaws, collets, vises, fixtures and other workholding equipment.

The report indicates that first-quarter domestic workholding equipment shipments increased 13.6 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2009, while and U.S. exports decreased 15.5 percent during that period.

Among the regional results, shipments in the Midwest rose 7.5 percent from Q4 2009 to Q1 2010, keeping it the largest-volume domestic destination with 39.5 percent of total domestic shipments.

Workholding shipments in the Central region rose 24.7 percent during the period, giving that sector the second-largest domestic market share and moving it ahead of the Northeast region, with 18.8 percent domestic share.

Shipments to the Northeast region fell 6.1 percent in the first quarter, leaving it with 17.1 percent of domestic shipments.

The South had 13.6 percent of first quarter 2010 domestic shipments, and recorded an increase of 14.4 percent over Q4 2009 shipments.

The AWT Group said the West remained the smallest domestic market, with an 11.0 percentage, but it demonstrated an impressive 34.2 percent increase from the fourth quarter.

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