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Hydraulic and Pneumatic Industry Trends with NFPA

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


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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 July 2021 total dollar volume for pneumatic shipments is 97.7% 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, 105.7 (the July 2021 level of the industrial hydraulic series) indicates that industrial hydraulic orders received from August 2020 to July 2021 were 105.7% of the orders received from August 2019 to July 2020.  (Base Year 2018 = 100)

Total – Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments


This graph of 12-month moving averages shows that in July 2021, the moving average for shipments increased across the board. (Base Year 2018 = 100)

Shipments – Cumulative year-to-date % change (2021 vs. 2020)

Total Fluid Power Total Hydraulic Total Pneumatic
Shipments Shipments Shipments
May 21 10.1 8.0 15.1
Jun 21 13.6 12.2 15.7
Jul 21* 15.7 15.1 16.5

*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, July 2021 pneumatic shipments figure of 16.5 means that for the calendar year through July 2021, pneumatic shipments increased 16.5% compared to the same time-period in 2020.

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 of this year. Year-to-Date % changes for Hydraulics continues to grow as well with a 15.1% change in July 2021. Mobile Hydraulic orders received from August 2020 to July 2021 are currently 131.9% of the orders received from August 2019 to July 2020. When looking at raw index data, Mobile Hydraulic, Industrial Hydraulic, and Pneumatic shipments are all down from 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.

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