MCLEAN, VA — Manufacturing technology orders for September were up 56 percent compared to August and up 52 percent over September 2015, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

“Every two years in September, the impact of IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show on the industry is reflected in the USMTO report. I call it the ‘IMTS Effect’,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “This year’s uptick in orders indicates manufacturers are eager to see and confident enough to invest in the latest manufacturing technology to improve their operations and products, but the momentum will slow heading into 2017.”

All major customer sectors realized dramatic increases in order levels in September, according to the report, except the auto industry. This supports news that the strongest market over the past 20-month downturn has hit the pause button due to a shift in consumer demand from cars to trucks.

“Overall, the year is expected to finish down about eight percent,” said Pat McGibbon, AMT vice president of strategic analytics. “We won’t see the December surge we usually see when manufacturers rush to take advantage of expiring tax incentives because they were extended or made permanent in 2015.”

“Top industry analysts at AMT’s 46th Global Marketing and Forecasting Conference in October projected flat to modest growth by the end of 2017,” McGibbon added.

September 2016 manufacturing technology orders were valued at $497.25 million, compared to $319.00 million in August and $327.08 million in September 2015. Year-to-date orders for 2016 stand at $2,914.39 million, a 6.4 percent decline compared to the same point in 2015. USMTO data is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.

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