The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2013 - (Page 67)

FORECAST Cautious Optimism in Conveyor Industry BY ROBERT REINFRIED INDUSTRY CONVEYORS T he Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) tracks new orders and shipped sales volume of its manufacturing members in nine classes of unit handling equipment and four classes of bulk handling equipment. Since hitting lows in 2008-2009, the association has shown strong consistent growth year after year in both unit and bulk categories. Through the first six months of 2012, orders were up 40.8 percent, and shipments were up 40.5 percent for bulk members over the same period last year. For unit members, orders were up 10.0 percent and shipments were up 22.1 percent. The executives representing CEMA member companies who attended the September meeting in Chicago expressed cautious optimism for the remainder of 2012. Total shipments for the association in the first six months as compared to the same time in 2011 were up 30.37 percent. Taking into account the strong sales experienced in the last half of 2011 and the opportunity for a softening of the market in the last half of 2012, CEMA is forecasting 2012 shipments to be up by 17 percent to 20 percent. This is an increase from 10 percent forecasted by CEMA in March. CEMA will make another forecast based upon membership data and other macroeconomic input in March. Looking forward to 2013, current trends would indicate that it should be another good year for the material handling industry. Robert ReInfried is executive vice president of Conveyor Equipment Manufacturing Association West Point Rack “We don’t just promise…we deliver!” For Excellent Service Contact Reva Bily

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2013

President’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Ask Your Board
Member Profile
MHEDA Member Profile
At Work
2013 Industry Forecast
Distributors Forecast
Suppliers Forecast
MHEDA Members Exhibit at ProMat
MHIA Expects Slow Growth in 2013
Modest Growth for Industrial Trucks Sector
Cautious Optimism in Conveyor Industry
Get Your Game On
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA Milestones
New Products
Index of Advertisers by Product Category

The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2013