The 2013 NFPA Industry & Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC) broke another attendance record with 319 individuals at this fluid power industry event. Attendee feedback identified the diverse speaker and topic content, exposure to global market information and multiple networking opportunities as highlights of this year’s IEOC.  This year’s conference offered hard data, critical insight and opportunities in four major areas—Economics, Market Forecasts, Technology, and Networking. The schedule was packed with an outstanding lineup of industry experts. IEOC favorites Alan Beaulieu, Eli Lustgarten and John Walker returned with engaging presentations.  Conference highlights included:

·    Global Economics – An American Perspective, Alan Beaulieu, Institute for Trend Research (ITR)
·    Global Economics – A European Perspective, John Walker, Oxford Economics

Market Forecasts

·    Fluid Power Industry Forecast – Ryan Reed, Parker Hannifin Corp.
·    Fluid Power Customer Markets Overview – Eli Lustgarten, ESL Consultants
·    Construction Machinery Forecast - David Phillips, Off-Highway Research
·    Agricultural Machinery Forecast - Dan Manternach, Doane Advisory Services
·    Heavy Truck Market Forecast - Eric Starks, FTR Associates
·    Industrial Markets Overview – Don Norman, MAPI, Inc.
·    Material Handling & Metalworking Market Forecast - Ken Kremar, Global Insight


·    Future Technology Trends: Packaging Industry – Donna Ritson, DDR Communications
·    Future Technology Trends: Oil & Gas Industry – Rich Carlson and Laura Bell, AMG Research Group


The 6th Annual NFPA Education and Technology Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament and IEOC Welcome Reception at the Chevy Chase Country Club were also a huge success – raising over $12,000.00 for the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation.  Thank you to all that participated and sponsored this year’s tournament.