Industrial Heating's monthly economic indicators for January 2006 hit their highest levels in ten months. All four indexes: Request for Proposals, Number of Orders, Backlog and Expected Change in the Health of the Thermal Processing Industry all show significant growth.

January 2006 index numbers reflect the changes experienced by responding companies as they compare their January business levels to December levels.

January 2006 Index Numbers

Change in number of Request for Proposals from December to January: 62.1
Change in the Number of Orders from December to January: 60.3
Change in Backlog from December to January: 61.6
Expected Change in the Health of Thermal Processing Industry through February: 58.2

A number above 50.0 indicates increased activity or growth. A number below 50.0 indicates decreased activity or a decline in growth. Look for these numbers, along with historical values, on the editorial page of the March 2006 issue of Industrial Heating.

Roughly 1,200 industry suppliers are contacted via e-mail to participate in a web-based survey the first full week of each month. If you are an industry supplier and would like to participate in this monthly survey, please contact Industrial Heating publisher Doug Glenn by phone: 412-306-4351 or by e-mail: