U.S. construction starts slipped slightly last year, machinery exports
grew by double-digit percentage points, with shipments to Canada,
Australia and Latin America leading the way.
43% export increase, reports the Association of Equipment
Manufacturers, follows a 28% rise in 2010 after a steep 38% decline in
2009. Export sales continue to help U.S. construction equipment
manufacturers stay open for business and sustain American jobs,
especially with the domestic construction sector still recovering," says
Al Cervero, vice president of Milwaukee-based AEM.
value of machines shipped to other nations was $23.5 billion, says AEM.
Top countries taking delivery of U.S. machinery included Canada ($7.2
billion), Australia ($2.7 billion), Mexico ($1.6 billion), Chile ($1.3
billion) and Brazil ($951 million). Others worth noting were China ($903
million), Colombia ($811 million), South Africa ($683 million), Russia
($652 million) and Peru ($572 million)
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