Industrial Heating's monthly economic indicators for February 2006 dipped slightly compared with previous months. All indices, including the Expected Change in the Health of the Thermal Processing Industry Index, remain above 50.0, indicating an increase in activity.

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

February 2006 INDEX NUMBERS

  • Change in number of Request for Proposals from January to February: 52.9
  • Change in the Number of Orders from January to February: 54.3
  • Change in Backlog from January to February: 56.7
  • Expected Change in the Health of Thermal Processing Industry through March: 55.7

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 next issue of Industrial Heating.

Roughly 1,200 industry suppliers are contacted via email 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 ? phone: (412) 306-4351, or by email: These results are also published monthly on the editorial page of Industrial Heating. The results reported above will appear in the April 2006 issue.