Conveyor Shipments Down 18.8% in First Half

At the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) fall meeting in Chicago, Todd Swinderman, CEMA president, released the latest order and shipment figures for unit- and bulk-handling equipment.

Overall industry shipments for the first six months of 2009 dropped 18.8% compared to the same period in 2008, with total shipments of $3.18 billion.

CEMA estimates industry orders of $2.89 billion in the same period. In the bulk conveying area, orders were down 25%, and shipments were down 14%. Unit-handling orders were down 26%, and shipments were down 23%.

CEMA recently published a 530-page, hardcover book, CEMA Application Guide for Unit Handling Conveyors, designed to be a definitive resource for the design, application and maintenance of the most common types of unit-handling conveying equipment available today.

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