May 19 Marks 65 Years of NFPA


On May 19, 1953, 32 fluid power companies met in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania to charter the National Fluid Power Association in order to create a forum and communication channel for the industry. The association’s original objectives were to:

  • Further the application of fluid power to the machines of industry.
  • Conserve effort, improve efficiency and lower the cost of production for the benefit of both user and manufacturer.
  • Foster cooperation among users and manufacturers in the development of recommended standards and practices.
  • Present a single industrial entity to government, other industries and education.
  • Provide a meeting ground for the fluid power industry’s study of common problems and objectives.

The association’s priorities have evolved and expanded over the past 65 years, as has the face of membership, which now includes 350+ fluid power manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers. However, the overall goal of the association remains the same: to strengthen the fluid power industry. We are now doing this by focusing on:

  • Providing an effective forum for fluid power manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers to advance their collective interests.
  • Offering members timely and accurate industry statistics and business intelligence that support improved decision-making.
  • Giving opportunities and resources for members to promote the unique strengths and inherent advantages offered by modern fluid power technology, such as at the upcoming IFPE 2020 trade show.
  • Helping increase the number of technically trained people capable of integrating and applying fluid power, and connecting them to careers in the fluid power industry.
  • Working to increase the number of university engineers educated in fluid power, and connecting them to careers in the fluid power industry.

Learn more about how NFPA is strengthening the fluid power industry here. The association objectives will continue to evolve as the needs of the industry evolve as the association continues to serve members and the fluid power industry for many more years to come.