How conveyor shipments, orders trended last year

By |  March 31, 2021
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CEMA member companies are forecasting conveying industry shipments to be up by 10 percent in 2021. Photo: P&Q Staff

The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports that 2020 conveying industry shipments in North America decreased 9 percent.

CEMA also estimates that shipments totaled $15.1 billion for 2020, a decrease of $1.5 billion from 2019 shipments of $16.6 billion.

Additionally, CEMA estimates that 2020 industry orders in North America decreased 4.2 percent. CEMA says orders totaled $15.5 billion for 2020 – a decrease of $800 million from 2019 orders of $16.3 billion.

According to CEMA, its membership outpaced the conveying industry, noting that 2020 orders increased 30.2 percent and that shipments in North America increased 7.4 percent. CEMA member unit handling orders were up 43.2 percent, and shipments were up 14.1 percent.

In the bulk conveying area, CEMA member orders were down 9.6 percent and shipments were down 12.4 percent.

CEMA member companies that attended the association’s annual meeting expressed optimism for 2021, driven by strong late-year (2020) orders. These CEMA member companies forecasted that shipments will be up by 10 percent this year.

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