North American Conveyor Shipments Up 22% in 2012

March 21, 2013
Shipments totaled $10.410 billion.

North American conveyor shipments for 2012 were up 22.44%, according to the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA). CEMA estimates that shipments totaled $10.410 billion for 2012, an increase of $1.908 billion from 2011 shipments of $8.502 billion.

CEMA estimates that new orders totaled $10.620 billion in 2012. New orders in 2012 were $1.31 billion more than 2011, representing an increase of 14.1%. CEMA President, Ron Arkema, announced the results at the Association’s 80th annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this month.

CEMA tracks new orders and shipped sales volume in nine classes of unit handling equipment and four classes of bulk handling equipment.

The executives representing CEMA member companies who attended the annual meeting expressed continued optimism for 2013 and forecasted a 5% increase in shipments.

Also at the meeting, Warren Chandler, operations manager for Stephens-Adamson, Belleville, Ontario, Canada, was elected president of CEMA, and Jerry Heathman, sales & marketing manager for Chantland Pulley & Roller Company, Humboldt, IA was elected vice president.

Founded in 1933, CEMA is the trade association of North American conveyor equipment manufacturers and engineering firms. It makes available to member and nonmember companies, safety labels for all types of conveyor equipment as well as technical information and manuals. For example, CEMA has available for purchase in both CD and/or hardcopy, the 2nd printing of Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials 6th Edition - “The Belt Book” and the CEMA Application Guide for Unit Handling Conveyors – “The Unit Book” (hard copy only).

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