State of the Fluid Power Industry – Distributor Survey (SOFP-D)

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Introducing NFPA’s first survey for distribution members, the State of the Fluid Power Industry – Distributors Survey (SOFP-D). This quick and easy monthly survey gives you the pulse of the distribution channel, with expectations for overall business, engineered systems, service/repairs, and inventories. And, along with the distributors’ results, participants also receive access to the manufacturers’ results every month!

It takes less than 5 minutes to complete!

On the second Monday of every month all NFPA distributor members receive the survey via e-mail with six multiple choice questions on

  • shipment projections,
  • hiring plans,
  • inventory levels and

This free electronic opinion-based survey provides the only report that allows channel peers to express their opinion on the current and future state of our distribution channel every month.

As a participant, these opinions, combined with diffusion indexing and NFPA analysis, allow you to:

  • Identify the distribution channel’s position in the business cycle
  • Anticipate how the distribution channel will do in the months to come
  • Track distribution channel backlog and hiring plans
  • Analyze the progress of your company compared to others.

Participate in the SOFP-D so you can keep up with the opinions of distributors and manufacturers on the state of the fluid power industry.


If you have any questions please contact Eric Armstrong, (414) 778-3372.


Frequency Monthly
Availability Free to NFPA members who participate in the SOFP-D OR SOFP (manufacturer's) Survey
Delivery Electronic
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