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

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,
  • and inventory levels 

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.

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


For more information about NFPA’s market information services, contact Pete Alles at or (414) 778-3350. For information on becoming an NFPA member, e-mail

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