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Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments
Raw Index Data, Index: 2018=100
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 March 2022 total dollar volume for pneumatic shipments is 125.3% 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, 141.3 (the March 2022 level of the industrial hydraulic series) indicates that industrial hydraulic orders received from April 2021 to March 2022 were 141.3% of the orders received from April 2020 to March 2021. (Base Year 2018 = 100)
Total – Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments
This graph of 12-month moving averages shows that in March 2022, the moving average for shipments continued to increase across the board. (Base Year 2018 = 100)
Shipments – Cumulative year-to-date % change (2022 vs. 2021)
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*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 2022 and the total for the same months in 2021. For example, March 2022 pneumatic shipments figure of 9.3 means that for the calendar year through March 2022, pneumatic shipments increased 9.3% compared to the same time-period in 2021.
Fluid Power Industry Growth Trend
The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows the 12 month moving average of shipments for pneumatic, hydraulic, and total fluid power continue to grow. These averages have been growing at a steady rate since February 2021. The year-to-date % change for total fluid power shipments in March 2022 is 14.9%. Mobile hydraulic orders received from April 2021 to March 2022 are currently 137.9% of the orders received from April 2020 to March 2021. When looking at raw index data, pneumatic, mobile hydraulic, and industrial hydraulic shipments all increased when compared to last month. 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.