The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a report that details huge surges in mining machinery shipments for 2005. According to the report, U.S. mining equipment manufacturers shipped $2 billion worth of goods in 2005, a 39.7% jump over the 1.4 billion shipped in 2004.

The report shows shipments of underground mining machinery and equipment in

2005 totaled $597.4 million, a 57% increase over the 2004 figure. Shipments of portable drill rigs jumped 46%, totaling $665.3 million in 2005, while shipments of stationary, crushing, pulverizing and screening machinery were valued at $400.1 million, an increase of 17.1%. In other sectors, shipments of drills and other mining machinery stood at $223.4 million, 28.7% higher than in 2004, while portable crushing, screening, washing and combination plants jumped 43.1%, for a total of $113.2 million.

Also see the reports for 2002, 2003, and 2004.