Fluid Power Shipments Rise in August 2023

Oct. 9, 2023
NFPA data shows shipments of hydraulics and pneumatics increased compared to the previous month.

Fluid power order and shipment data from the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) for August 2023 shows positive trends once again for the hydraulics and pneumatics sector. 

The 12-month moving average for total fluid power, hydraulic and pneumatic shipments grew slightly during the month. In July 2023, only pneumatics showed positive gains while total fluid power and hydraulic shipments plateaued, demonstrating more positive activity in August for all segments. 

Total fluid power shipments achieved a 6.3% year-to-date percent change (2023 vs. 2022) in August which is a slight decline from the 7.1% recorded in July. 

Mobile hydraulic orders were similar to the prior month. Orders received from September 2022 to August 2023 were 93.2% of those received during the previous period (September 2021 to August 2022); in July orders were at 93.7%. 

Raw index data for pneumatic, mobile and industrial hydraulic shipments all increased in August from July's data. 

Shipment and order data for fluid power components have remained in relatively positive territory for much of 2023 to date, though it has declined on a month-over-month basis as the year has progressed. This is in line with many economic forecasts which indicate the industry, and the various customer markets it serves, will enter a period of slow to flat growth through the end of the year and into 2024 before entering several years of growth starting in 2025. 

READ MORE: A “Good” Recession for Hydraulics and Pneumatics

The above charts are supplied by NFPA and drawn from data collected from more than 70 manufacturers of fluid power products by NFPA’s Confidential Shipment Statistics (CSS) program.

About the Author

Sara Jensen | Executive Editor, Power & Motion

Sara Jensen is executive editor of Power & Motion, directing expanded coverage into the modern fluid power space, as well as mechatronic and smart technologies. She has over 15 years of publishing experience. Prior to Power & Motion she spent 11 years with a trade publication for engineers of heavy-duty equipment, the last 3 of which were as the editor and brand lead. Over the course of her time in the B2B industry, Sara has gained an extensive knowledge of various heavy-duty equipment industries — including construction, agriculture, mining and on-road trucks —along with the systems and market trends which impact them such as fluid power and electronic motion control technologies. 

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