Global motion-control shipments increase 5% in the first nine months of 2016

Statistics are from the Motion Control & Motor Association, the industry's trade group.

Global motion-control shipments increase 5% in the first nine months of 2016
Global motion-control shipments increase 5% in the first nine months of 2016
Aerotech's FiberMaxHP photonics alignment platform provides 2 nm linear and 0.05 μrad rotary minimum incremental motion for optical fiber alignment. Aerotech is a member of the motion-control industry's trade group, MCMA. (Image: Aerotech from

Global shipments for motion-control products increased by five percent to $2.4 billion in the first nine months of 2016, according to statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA; Ann Arbor, MI), the industry's trade group.

"After a contraction in 2015, it is encouraging to see a return to growth for the motion-control market in 2016," says Alex Shikany, MCMA's director of market analysis. "The year-to-date growth has been driven primarily by strong increases in actuators/mechanical systems (14% to $423m), electronic drives (12% to $451m), and motion controllers (6% to $119m). Individually, the third quarter of 2016 saw shipments increase by 10% to $828 million over the same period last year."

MCMA sees the market's strong performance reflected in the growth of its membership and networking events. In October, MCMA reached a new membership milestone with 222 member companies from around the world. MCMA member companies with ties to the optics and photonics industry include Aerotech (Pittsburg, PA), Ametek Advanced Motion Solutions (Kent, OH), Heidenhain (Schaumburg, IL), Seimens (Atlanta, GA), Micromo (Clearwater, FL), National Instruments (Austin, TX), and SICK (Minneapolis, MN).

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Source: MCMA

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