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Updated Industry Trend Data Available

Published On November 9, 2017 | By Eric Armstrong | Market Reports

As many of you may know, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is the leading source of hydraulic and pneumatic industry data. Members get and use our data in a variety of ways to run their businesses. Part of our market information services is providing overall industry trends. Here is the latest update:

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments Industry Trends

[Click Graph to Enlarge] This graph of raw index data is generated by the total dollar volume reported to NFPA by CSS participants and compared to the average monthly dollar volume in 2013.  For example, the September 2017 total dollar volume for pneumatic shipments are 97.7% of the average monthly dollar volume in 2013.  (Base Year 2013 = 100)

Pneumatic, Mobile and Industrial Hydraulic Orders Index

Pneumatic, Mobile, and Industrial Orders Indexes Industry Trends

[Click Graph to Enlarge] Each point on this graph represents the most recent 12 months of orders compared to the previous 12 months of orders.  Each point can be read as a percentage.  For example, 103.6 (the August 2017 level of the industrial hydraulic series) indicates that industrial hydraulic orders received from September 2016 to August 2017 were 103.6% of the orders received from September 2015 to August 2016.  (Base Year 2013 = 100)

Total Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments

Total Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments Industry Trends

[Click Graph to Enlarge] This graph of 12-month moving averages shows that in September 2017, both hydraulic and pneumatic shipments increased.  (Base Year 2013 = 100)

Shipments – Cumulative year-to-date % change (2017 vs. 2016)

Shipments – Cumulative year‐to‐date % change (2017 vs. 2016)

[Click Table to Enlarge] The table above is expressed in terms of cumulative percent changes. These changes refer to the percent difference between the relevant cumulative total for 2017 and the total for the same months in 2016. For example, August 2017 pneumatic shipments figure of 11.1 means that for the calendar year through August 2017, pneumatic shipments increased 11.1% compared to the same time period in 2016. (Base Year 2013 = 100)

Fluid Power Industry Growth Trend

The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows industry shipments of fluid power products for September 2017 increased 15.6% compared to September 2016, and decreased 5.6% when compared to last month. Mobile hydraulic, industrial hydraulic, and pneumatic shipments increased in September 2017 when compared to September 2016. Mobile hydraulic, industrial hydraulic, and pneumatic shipments decreased, when compared to last month. These charts are drawn from data collected from the more than 85 manufacturers of fluid power products in NFPA’s Confidential Shipment Statistics (CSS) program. Much more information is available to NFPA members, which allows them to better understand trends and anticipate change in their market and the customer markets they serve.

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oversees NFPA’s fluid power economic and statistical programs. He blogs on the Market Outlook about what he learns from NFPA’s surveys and reports as well as fluid power industry economists.

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