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State of the Fluid Power Industry

The State of the Fluid Power Industry Survey is a quick and easy monthly survey that gives you the pulse of the fluid power industry. Both manufacturers and distributors can participate and give expectations for mobile hydraulics, industrial hydraulics, pneumatics, engineered systems, service/repairs, and inventories. Manufacturer and distributor participants receive access to both the manufacturer and distributors results every month!

It takes less than 5 minutes to complete!

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

  • shipments and orders projections
  • hiring plans
  • inventory levels

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

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

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

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

Survey results are distributed to participants via email.

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