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CEMA: Conveyor index slips 21% in May, still up from last year

The May 2011 Index represents an increase of 32% from the May 2010 Index of 131.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
July 12, 2011

The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its May 2011 Booked Orders Index was 173. Index in May is down 46 points or 21% from April 2011’s Index of 219 (1990=100). The May 2011 Index represents an increase of 32% from the May 2010 Index of 131.

CEMA’s baseline calculation uses the year 1990 as a comparison.  Numbers to the right of the equation show the current state of the conveyor industry as compared to 1990.  Figures above 100 indicate growth; while anything less indicates a contraction in the industry.

May Booked Orders Indexes were 266 for Bulk Handling Equipment and 142 for Unit Handling Equipment (1990=100). Since Bulk Handling Systems booked and billed sales are reported quarterly and are averaged back to the two preceding months, the booked and billed indexes for non-quarter ending months for Bulk Handling Equipment and Category X, total of all categories, are adjusted quarterly.

The Twelve-Month Index for Booked Orders was 157 in May. Index in May represents an increase of 2% from April 2011’s Twelve-Month Index of 154.

CEMA: Conveyor index up again in April
The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its April 2011 Booked Orders Index was up 27 points or 14% from March 2011’s Index.


The CEMA Billed Sales (shipments) Index was 171 in May. Index in May represents an increase of 10% from April 2011’s Index of 155. The May 2011 Index represents an
increase of 46% from the May 2010 Index of 117.

May Billed Sales Indexes were 270 for Bulk Handling Equipment* and 153 for Unit Handling Equipment (1990=100).

The Twelve-Month Index for Billed Sales was 146 in May. Index in May represents an increase of 3% from April 2011’s Twelve-Month Index of 142.

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