Market Trends

For the Public: Fluid Power Market Trends

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is the leading source of hydraulic and pneumatic industry data.

This special monthly report is generated exclusively for NFPA’s educator partners to properly monitor industry trends and supply market intelligence.

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Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments

Shipments Raw Index Data, Index: 2013=100

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Fluid Power Shipments

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

Data are 12/12 ratios

Pneumatic, Mobile, and Industrial Orders Indexes

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

Data are 12-month moving averages

Total Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments

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


Orders and Shipments – cumulative year-to-date percent changes

Pneumatic Industrial Hydraulic Mobile Hydraulic
Shipments Orders Shipments Orders Shipments Orders
Jun 2017 10.1 10.8 5.7 7.0 6.8 17.9
Jul 2017 11.1 11.7 7.2 7.7 7.6 20.9
Aug 2017 11.1 12.7 8.2 8.6 9.5 21.0

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, the August 2017 pneumatic orders figure of 12.7 means that for the calendar year through August 2017, pneumatic orders increased 12.7% compared to the same time period in 2016.  (Base Year 2013 = 100)