Market data professionals from across the United States and abroad gathered late last month at the AEM Annual Statistics Conference. 

Held April 23-25 in Tempe Arizona, the three-day conference afforded its attendees an opportunity to set policy, share best practices and enjoy fellowship with others in the market data world.

“This annual gathering is so much more than a typical meeting of our statistic committees, said AEM Senior Director of Statistics Mike Lietke. “Just to observe how these professionals roll up their sleeves and work together to improve the understanding of market forces is inspiring. Further, since this is our yearly opportunity for face-to-face meetings, they are extremely efficient, and we accomplish a lot together.”

Meetings were convened by committees representing Agriculture, Cranes, Road Machinery, Aggregates, Aerial Work Platforms, Commercial Worksites, Forestry/Earthmoving/Excavators, and the Statistics Executive Committee, which provides oversight for all AEM Statistics programs.

This year’s General Session took a special focus on additional learning opportunities outside of the committee work. Headlined by a cybersecurity presentation by keynote speaker Paul Wolf, attendees were also treated to presentations on available alternatives to current data programs and a panel of market data experts sharing some of their greatest tips. Also featured was a presentation on current economic forces from AEM Director of Market Intelligence Benjamin Duyck. 

Statistics Outstanding Merit Awards 

Another popular feature of the conferences is the awarding of the Outstanding Merit Award, earned by those statistics reporters that most ensure consistent, accurate, and reliable market data that members can use for improved business forecasting and production planning. AEM recognized 48 member manufacturers with awards this year.

“We salute our award winners for their ongoing dedication, which is integral to the success of the statistics program,” said Lietke. “We encourage all AEM members in the association’s statistics programs to actively participate and have their voices heard; these are their programs and their input is vital to offering optimum value to all participants.

AEM statistics activities encompass more than 200 unique product programs that cover information from county-level retail sales data in North America to global shipments data.

Winning companies received a cumulative performance rating of 90 percent or better based on corporate-wide North America performance in areas including timely and accurate data submission, meeting attendance, and timely response to ballots, audits, and surveys during the 2018 calendar year.

Winners are as follows ( * indicates a 100-percent score)

  • AGCO *
  • Alliance Tire Americas
  • Boumatic Dairy Equipment *
  • Caterpillar
  • Charles Machine Works
  • Claas
  • CNH Global
  • Continental AG
  • Delaval, Inc.
  • Elliott Equipment
  • Eagle Crusher Company
  • Federal Signal
  • Firestone/Bridgestone
  • GEA Farm Technologies *
  • Gorman-Rupp
  • Haulotte Group
  • Honey Bee
  • Hydra Tech
  • JCB
  • JLG Industries, Inc.
  • Kinze Manufacturing
  • Komatsu America *
  • Krone
  • Kubota Corporation
  • Kuhn North America *
  • Lely North America
  • Lemken Canada
  • Liebherr
  • Link-Belt Cranes
  • Liugong
  • Manitex Int’l
  • Manitowoc Cranes
  • Michelin
  • Ring-O-Matic
  • Sellick Equipment
  • Sewer Equipment
  • Sullair
  • Sullivan-Palatek, Inc.
  • Superior Industries
  • Tadano America
  • Terex Cranes
  • Terramac
  • Thompson Pump
  • Tigercat Industries, Inc.
  • Titan International
  • Trelleborg Wheel Systems
  • Wolffkran

Now is the time to build support within AEM member companies to include budget for 2020’s meeting, and identifying who needs to attend. Plans are underway to make next year’s Annual Statistics Conference even bigger and better, and details will be announced soon.

For more information, contact AEM's Mike Lietke at

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