Demand for industrial controls increased during the third quarter of 2013, with NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index rising 2.6 percent versus the previous quarter. Year-over-year growth was a stronger 4.5 percent.
A broader measure of industrial controls demand, the Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives Index, advanced for the fourth consecutive quarter reaching a record high in the series, registering a 4.7 percent increase compared to Q2. Shipments increased by 7.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Nearly 400 members strong, its companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical imaging and radiation therapy systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.