Market Trends

For the Public: Fluid Power Market Trends

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

This special monthly report is generated exclusively for NFPA’s educator partners to properly monitor industry trends and supply market intelligence.

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Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments

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 December 2020 total dollar volume for pneumatic shipments are 88.2% of the average monthly dollar volume in 2018. (Base Year 2018 = 100)

Pneumatic, Mobile and Industrial Hydraulic Orders Index

Data are 12/12 ratios

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, 73.4 (the November 2020 level of the industrial hydraulic series) indicates that industrial hydraulic orders received from December 2019 to November 2020 were 73.4% of the orders received from December 2018 to November 2019. (Base Year 2018 = 100)


Total – Hydraulic and Pneumatic Shipments

Data are 12-month moving averages

This graph of 12-month moving averages shows that in December 2020, hydraulic shipments decreased and pneumatic shipments increased. (Base Year 2018 = 100)


Orders and Shipments – cumulative year-to-date percent changes

Pneumatic Industrial Hydraulic Mobile Hydraulic
Shipments Orders Shipments Orders Shipments Orders
Sep 2020 -10.3 -8.1 -24.4 -27.5 -22.3 -23.2
Oct 2020 -10.2 -8.0 -24.5 -26.9 -22.3 -20.3
Nov 2020 -9.5 -7.7 -24.5 -26.1 -21.6 -16.2

The table above is expressed in terms of cumulative percent changes. These changes refer to the percent difference between the relevant cumulative total for 2020 and the total for the same months in 2019. For example, the November 2020 pneumatic orders figure of -7.7 means that for the calendar year through November 2020, pneumatic orders decreased 7.7% compared to the same time-period in 2019. (Base Year 2018 = 100)