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2018 Conveying Equipment Orders Hit Record High

April 4, 2019

The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports that 2018 shipments in North America were up 18.04%. CEMA estimates that shipments totaled $16.723 billion for 2018, a record level and an increase of $2.685 billion from 2017 shipments of $14.038 billion.  

CEMA estimates that new orders totaled $15.863 billion in 2018. New orders in 2018 were $1.72 billion more than 2017, representing an increase of 11.1%.    

Unit Handling orders were up 12% and shipments were up 19%. In the Bulk Conveying area, orders were up 8.8% and shipments were up 15.4%.

CEMA president, Ned Thompson, announced the results at the Association’s 86th annual meeting in La Quinta, CA 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 and forecasted shipments will increase 15% for 2019. 

CEMA, the industry leader in safety and technical standards founded in 1933, makes available to member and nonmember companies safety labels for all types of conveyor equipment, as well as useful technical information, standards and manuals. Highlights of what is available for purchase: Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials 7th Edition ("The Belt Book"); Bucket Elevator Book Best Practices in Design; CEMA Application Guide for Unit Handling Conveyors 2nd Edition ("The Unit Book"). These books are authoritative technical manuals for conveyor design worldwide. Some publications available in Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to English.

For more information or to order safety labels or CEMA publications, visit www.cemanet.org

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