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 - MMH Editorial

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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