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May MT orders, 3 new records for foreign demand

June 22, 2022

Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association (JMTBA) announced the firm machine tool orders for May 2022. The total amount of orders received was 153.3 billion yen, the 11th highest single month on record. This was the first time that orders exceeded 150 billion yen in May. Both domestic and foreign demand stayed strong, and the impact of various risk factors in May remained limited. This month marked the 16th consecutive month in which orders exceeded 100 billion yen.

Domestic demand marked the second consecutive month-on-month (MoM) decrease and the 15th consecutive year-on-year (YoY) increase, dropping below 50.0 billion yen for the first time in three months. Despite the MoM decrease due to fewer business days because of a long national holiday in early May, the market remained firm, mainly in the semiconductor-related sector. In terms of major industries, six of the eleven industry categories saw MoM increases, including Electrical/Precision machinery and Aircraft/Shipbuilding/Transport equipment, while industrial machinery and motor vehicles decreased from the previous month. Ten industries showed YoY increases.

Foreign demand increased MoM for the first time in two months and for the 19th consecutive month of YoY growth, exceeding 100 billion yen for the third consecutive month. It was the first time that demand exceeded 100 billion yen for three consecutive months. As a single month, this was the fourth-highest level on record, and the first time for May to exceed 100 billion yen. By region, orders in all three major regions remained at high levels. Orders in Asia declined YoY from the record-high level of the previous year, but exceeded 45 billion yen for the third consecutive month. This was the result of favorable conditions in China and a large increase in orders from South Korea. Europe exceeded 20 billion yen for the second consecutive month, and remained firm, mainly in the EU and other Western European countries. In North America, orders exceeded 30 billion yen for the third consecutive month, breaking the record set in March of this year, driven in part by large orders for automobiles.

Japanese machine tool orders showed strong results as of May as well. On the other hand, in addition to existing risk factors, new risk factors such as the depreciation of yen, inflation, and the trend of rising interest rates in Europe and the US are also appearing. The future trends should continue to be closely monitored.

May Summary

Amount (million yen) MoM change (%) YoY change (%)
Total Orders 153,334 98.9 123.7
Domestic total 49,481 93.0 148.9
Industrial Machinery 19,948  88.7 150.1
Motor Vehicles 11,396 87.0 149.7
Electrical & Precision Machinery  6,978 120.4 149.1
Aircraft/Shipbuilding/Transport equipment  1,603 146.9 180.3
Foreign total 103,853 102.0 114.5
Asia 48,335 100.8 95.8
Europe 20,510 99.1 120.2
North America 33,030 106.8 149.9




Japan MT orders for

October 2021: strong orders from Europe and the U.S.

November 2021:Both domestic and foreign demand remain strong

December 2021: First drop below 140 billion yen in 4 months, but still remains high

2021 summary: Japan’s MT orders in 2021 raise for the first time in 3 years

January 2022: Large orders in foreign demand; total orders exceed 140 billion yen

February 2022: High levels of both domestic and foreign demand, generally keeping strong

March 2022: Strong March results despite risk factors

April 2o22: April MT orders, minimal impact from risk factors

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