After 2012 slip, motion control business headed higher
MCA report finds orders are up after 1% sales decline in 2012
Global shipments for motion control products fell by 1% in 2012, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control Association (MCA), the industry’s trade group.
“While we saw a slight contraction in global motion control shipments in 2012, economic indicators are good moving into 2013,” said MCA president Jeff Burnstein. “We saw a slight year on year increase in the fourth quarter of 2012. Additionally, polls of our member companies show optimism that shipments will increase over the next six months, which is a good sign.”
“2012 MCA results were in large part a reflection of shocks to the global economy in 2012, such as the Eurozone crisis,” said Alex Shikany, MCA director of market analysis. “We saw single digit contraction in motion controllers, electronic drives, AC drives, motors, and support services. Conversely, AC motors, actuators & mechanical systems, and sensors & feedback devices all posted positive single digit growth.”
MCA summarizes market results in quarterly tracking reports and trend analysis reports. These reports examine orders and shipments by major product category quarterly and annually with tables and color graphics. Growth rates and book to bill ratios are provided for each product category. MCA also provides an economic indicator report, which enables report users to interpret quarterly statistics from the standpoint of macro-economic indicators by individual manufacturing industry.
To learn more about MCA, visit www.MotionControlOnline.org.
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2012 Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.