U.S. manufacturing technology orders are up 108.0 percent this year compared to 2010 for a year-to-date total of $1,984.87 million, as reported by companies participating in the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program.

For May, U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $388.27 million. This total was down 2.6 percent from April but up 121.3 percent when compared with the total of $175.46 million reported for May 2010. This data is reflected in a recent USMTO report compiled by American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which both represent the production and distribution of manufacturing technology.

“The May order numbers confirm our members’ reports of continued strong project levels by manufacturing companies to improve productivity in their factories,” said Peter Borden, AMTDA president, in a prepared statement. “The 2,000 unit-per-month level signifies a very healthy demand still in place as we head toward the close of the second quarter.”

U.S. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.

Northeast Region
At $64.30 million, May manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region were up 8.4 percent when compared with the $59.33 million total for April and up 88.4 percent when compared with May a year ago. The year-to-date total of $305.87 million is 92.4 percent more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Southern Region
May manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region totaled $54.15 million, 5.1 percent more than April’s $51.52 million and 86.4 percent more than the May 2010 total. With a year-to-date total of $239.30 million, 2011 is up 56.9 percent when compared with 2010 at the same time.

Midwest Region
Midwest Region manufacturing technology orders in May stood at $137.62 million, 10.9 percent more than the April total of $124.14 million and up 232.6 percent when compared with last May. At $691.81 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 168.5 percent more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Central Region
Manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region in May totaled $95.18 million, down 21.6 percent from April’s $121.36 million but up 83.8 percent when compared with the May 2010 figure. The $551.71 million year-to-date total is 106.6 percent higher than the total for the same period in 2010.

Western Region
Western Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $37.02 million in May, 12.1 percent less than the $42.11 million total for April but 93.9 percent higher than the tally for May 2010. At $196.18 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 66.3 percent when compared with last year at the same time.