Industry Outlook Continues Downward
EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD
Richard D. Oaks
AUMA AC TUATORS, INC.
ROTORK CONTROLS, INC.
After a decade of upward growth, the industrial valve, actuator and control industry is witnessing a downturn—as predicted in our annual industry forecast. The forecast
predicted a 5% decline in industrial valve shipments from U.S. and Canadian facilities.
Conversations with members and internal reports back up this forecast for the first five
months of this year.
A recent survey of our membership shows:
; Sixty percent of our members feel second quarter 2009 shipments will be lower than
the same quarter for last year.
; Two-thirds of the membership believe that orders booked will be lower the second
quarter 2009 than last year.
; Over 20% felt there would be layoffs during 2009.
; Only 13.4% expect all of 2009 will be a better year than all of 2008.
; As far as the current mood, 60% are pessimistic about the economy in general.
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I recently returned from an annual meeting with my European counterparts in Baveno,
Italy. In addition to the European community and the American delegation, a representative
from the Japanese Valve Manufacturers’ Association also attended. Many of those present gave
an outlook for their own nation for 2009, and they almost unanimously gave results similar to
those of the U.S. and Canada. (Read what Rob Bartlett, managing director of the British Valve
and Actuator Association had to say about the UK’s prospects on page 52).
In the U.S. we hope to see some turnaround in late 2009 or early 2010, which is similar to
the expectations in Europe and Japan. A pie chart showing our forecast by end-user industry
appears on page 7. As you can see in this chart, the major industry end-users remain water and
wastewater, chemical, petroleum and power.
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Membership Has Its Privileges
Members of the Valve Manufacturers Association and VMA’s Valve Repair Council who are
looking for insight for 2010 can attend our annual Market Outlook Workshop, which is August
13 to 14 in Chicago. The workshop features speakers who will discuss what’s ahead for the
major end-user industries for valve and actuator manufacturers. VMA and VRC members can
obtain more information on the event, as well as register online, by going to VMA.org >
Events > Market Outlook Workshop, or contact Marc Pasternak ( email@example.com) for
Another source that offers members glimpses into the future is the quarterly 40-page forecast prepared by the Institute for Trend Research, which VMA and VRC members receive as
part of their membership dues. If you’re a U.S. or Canadian valve, actuator or control manufacturer, or if you supply products or services to the industry, we invite you to consider joining
our organization. You’ll find a list of benefits and qualifications on VMA.org > About VMA. Or
feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. VM
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