Demand for motors grew for a fourth straight quarter during the April to June 2011 period as NEMA’s (www.nema.org) Motors Shipments Index increased 16.4% from the previous quarter. This sizable gain followed on the heels of a 13.1% gain posted in the first quarter of the year. Since bottoming out in the second quarter of 2009, during the depths of the Great Recession, the index has climbed a cumulative 55% — and now exceeds its pre-recession high. Growth in the fractional horsepower segment of the motors market continued to far outpace that of the integral horsepower segment in the first half of 2011, as has been the case over the last two years.
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