January U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $401.69 million, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total was down 26.5 percent from December but up 8.4 percent when compared with the total of $370.46 million reported for January 2011.

This data is from the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, based on the totals of data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

“January’s increase in manufacturing technology orders over 2011 is great in light of lower forecasts by experts,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods, in a prepared statement. “I think the continued growth highlights manufacturers’ increasing confidence in future growth and that their bottom lines are being channeled into investments in advanced manufacturing technologies.”

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

Northeast Region
Northeast Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $56.01 million in January, 43.2 percent less than the $98.67 million total for December but 12.5 percent more than the total for January 2011.

Southern Region
At $35.57 million, January manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region were down 62.1 percent when compared with the $93.93 million total for December and down 33.6 percent when compared with January a year ago.

Midwest Region
January manufacturing technology orders in the Midwest Region totaled $141.71 million, 23.8 percent less than December’s $186.07 million but up 24.9 percent when compared with the January 2011 figure. ??Central Region?Central Region manufacturing technology orders in January stood at $128.30 million, 11.6 percent more than the December total of $115.01 million and 16.1 percent higher than last January’s total.

Western Region
Manufacturing technology orders in the Western Region in January totaled $40.10 million, down 24.1 percent from December’s $52.80 million and off 7.0 percent when compared with the January 2011 figure.

Source: USMTO Report – The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)