Industrial Heating's monthly economic indicators for March 2006 all showed significant growth over previous months, and the Health of the Thermal Processing Industry index remains above 50.0, which means the economy is expected to continue growing through April 2006.

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

March 2006 Index Numbers:

  • Change in number of Request for Proposals from February to March: 58.8
  • Change in the Number of Orders from February to March: 58.8
  • Change in Backlog from February to March: 60.0
  • Expected Change in Health of Thermal Processing Industry through April 58.5

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 May 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: 412-306-4350 or e-mail: