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NFPA’s 2020 Industry & Economic Outlook Conference

The National Fluid Power Association’s annual Industry & Economic Outlook Conference, focusing on the fluid power supply chain, is scheduled for Aug. 11-13.

The IEOC will be split into three virtual half-day sessions from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT each day. Registration opens June 23.

The conference offers NFPA members exclusive insights, focusing on economic opportunities and threats related specifically to the fluid power industry. Industry experts share analyses and hard data to help fluid power business leaders translate economic trends into competitive intelligence and successfully plan for the future. Conference content gives attendees a deeper understanding of the global economic landscape as it relates to fluid power, insights into where the industry and key customer markets are headed, as well as niche forecasts in the mobile and industrial breakout sessions. The conference also includes a session specific to the marketing and forecasts of the American Gear Manufacturers Association.

In addition to engaging presentations, attendees have the opportunity to network with key industry players through a comprehensive online platform and NFPA’s mobile event app. Though this year’s IEOC will look a bit different than in past years, NFPA is confident that these modifications will provide unique opportunities to connect with the ideas and people moving the fluid power industry forward.

Conference highlights include:


  • Global Economics from an ITR Perspective – Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics
  • Global Economics from an Oxford Economics Perspective – Michael Reed, Oxford Economics
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Economic Consequences – Sergio Rebelo, Kellogg School of Management
  • Key Geopolitical Trends Likely to Impact Business – Sam Potolicchio, Preparing Global Leaders Forum

Market Forecasts

  • Fluid Power Industry Forecast – Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics
  • Fluid Power Customer Markets Overview – Eli Lustgarten, ESL Consultants
  • Construction Machinery Forecast – Chuck Yengst, Yengst & Associates
  • Agriculture Machinery Forecast – Eli Lustgarten, ESL Consultants
  • Heavy Truck Market Forecast – Eric Starks, FTR Associates
  • Industrial Markets Overview – Scott Hazelton, IHS Markit
  • Metalworking/Machine Tool Market Forecast – Pat McGibbon, Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
  • Gear Industry Marketing & Forecast – Tom Runiewicz, IHS Markit


  • Packaging Equipment Sustainability – Donna Ritson, DDR Communications LLC

For more information, visit http://nfpahub.com/events/conferences/the-ieoc/.

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