Domestic machine shops and other manufacturers ordered $485 million worth of new machine tools during May 2018, 22.4% more than the April new-order volume and 38.0% more than the order volume for May 2017. The new results bring the current year’s total value for new orders to $2.1 billion, or a 26% increase over the January-May 2017 period.

The data is reported in the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report, released by AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology, and based on new machine-tool (manufacturing technology) data supplied by participating companies that produce and distribute metal-cutting and metal-forming and -fabricating equipment. The monthly report includes data for domestically manufactured and imported machinery and equipment, and the results are based on actual order totals, nationwide and in six regional markets.

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