Upswing due to new orders for non-defense aircraft and parts

By Plant Engineering Staff October 27, 2006

Yesterday’s Commerce Department report that manufactured durable products increased by 7.8 percent in September and climbed to a record-high $226.7 billion shows that, “America’s industrial base is taking off on the wings of aircraft manufacturers,” said David Huether, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers.

“The rise marks the biggest monthly gain in new orders for durable goods since manufacturing entered recession in mid-2000,” Huether said.

The upswing in orders last month was largely due to new orders for non-defense aircraft and parts, which soared 183.2 percent in September, the largest single monthly gain in four years.

“With over half of domestic aircraft production destined for markets overseas, today’s report is a good omen for U.S. exports, which is critical for the U.S. economy to maintain healthy growth in coming quarters,” Huether continued.