Global motion control, motor market dips

ANN ARBOR—The global motion control and motor market saw a 0.2 percent decline in shipments in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018,down to $952.3 million. However, according to the Ann Arbor-based Motion Control & Motor Association, part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), shipments were up 0.6 percent ($6 million) compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.

“While the year-over-year numbers show a slight decline, it’s promising to see the increase from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019 and hear positive projections for the months ahead from the member companies we polled,” said A3 Vice President Dana Whalls. “Motion control and motor technologies play a substantial role in growing automation worldwide, and if what we’re hearing is any indication, we expect both sales and shipments to continue to increase over the next six months as these tools get smarter, more capable, and more productive.”

During the first quarter of 2019, the largest categories within the overall market were motors (39 percent of shipments), actuators and mechanical systems (18 percent), and electronic drives (17 percent). Over the year, motor shipments were down 1.8 percent, actuators & mechanical systems were down 8.9 percent, and electronic drive shipments were flat.

Founded in 2006, the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) was developed to advance the global understanding and use of motion control and related automation technologies and to help our member companies and the industry grow. For more information, visit

The Association for Advancing Automation is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), and A3 Mexico. RIA, AIA, MCMA and A3 Mexico combined represent over 1,200 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups, and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more information, visit: A3, RIA, AIA, MCMA, A3 Mexico.

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