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Fluid Power Sales Rise, but Still Down from 2019

March 12, 2020
NFPA January report finds continued weakness in sector.

January’s report from the National Fluid Power Association offered a mixed bag of news to start 2020. While product shipments rose 16.4% compared from December 2019, shipments were down 11.5% compared to January 2019.

Industrial hydraulic and mobile hydraulic shipments remained well below the NFPA Index benchmark of 100, as did total pneumatic shipments, although all three indexes rose in January. Pneumatic shipments in January 2020 were about 96.5% of what they were in January 2019, according to the index.

In 2019, orders for fluid power products were at about 85% of what they were for the same period in 2018, and shipments for all fluid power products declined in January 2020.

The charts represent reports from 80 fluid power manufacturers who contribute to the NFPA monthly index. For more information, go to  www.nfpa.com.

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Bob Vavra | Senior Content Director, Power & Motion and Machine Design

Bob Vavra is the Senior Content Director of Power & Motion and its sister publication Machine Design. Vavra has had a long career in publishing, media and events. He has covered all aspects of manufacturing for the past 20 years and is a regular attendee at events such as IMTS and Hannover Messe. Vavra is also a sought-after webcast moderator and event emcee, and has presided over events in the U.S., Germany and China. 

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