A new U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report from the Association for Manufacturing Technology states manufacturing technology orders in the U.S. are up by 3 percent since this time last year. The total orders were worth $391.53 million, which is lower than in March 2014 but higher than April 2013.
Manufacturing technology orders have increased over the year thanks to growth during March and April following the slow months of January and February, according to AMT.
Orders in the Northeast region were down 6.9 percent in April compared to March and down 10.6 percent from April 2013, while the orders for the Southeast region were up 16.6 percent in April compared to April 2013. Manufacturing technology orders in the north central-east region, which includes Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, grew 11.9 percent between April 2013 and April 2014, and orders in the north central-west region, which includes Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, fell 3.2 percent between April 2013 and April 2014.
Overall, because of the Purchasing Managers' Index and other economic indicators, the association believes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry is on track for a strong year.
Businesses with growing manufacturing technology orders should work with manufacturing recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their open positions.