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
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 2018. For example, the June 2021 total dollar volume for pneumatic shipments is 113% of the average monthly dollar volume in 2018. (Base Year 2018 = 100)
Pneumatic, Mobile and Industrial Hydraulic Orders Index
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, 98.4 (the June 2021 level of the industrial hydraulic series) indicates that industrial hydraulic orders received from July 2020 to June 2021 were 98.4% of the orders received from July 2019 to June 2020. (Base Year 2018 = 100)
Total Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments
This graph of 12-month moving averages shows that in June 2021, the moving average for shipments increased across the board. (Base Year 2018 = 100)
Shipments – Cumulative year-to-date % change
*Preliminary data subject to revision. The table above is expressed in terms of cumulative percent changes. These changes refer to the percent difference between the relevant cumulative total for 2021 and the total for the same months in 2020. For example, June 2021 pneumatic shipments figure of 15.7 means that for the calendar year through June 2021, pneumatic shipments increased 15.7% compared to the same time-period in 2020.
Fluid Power Industry Growth Trend
The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows industry shipments of fluid power products for June 2021 increased 32.7% when compared to June 2020 and increased 9.6% when compared to last month. Mobile hydraulic and industrial hydraulic shipments both jumped between 35% and 40% in June 2021 when compared to June 2020, when indexes were dropping due to the onset of the COVID crisis. June 2021 shipment indexes have all slightly increased from May 2021 levels. Total fluid power, pneumatic and other fluid power indexes are currently over 100, while the rest are between 90 and 100. These charts are drawn from data collected from more than 80 manufacturers of fluid power products by 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. Contact NFPA at (414) 778-3344 for more info.