I am pleased to announce the 2016 MDM Market Leaders – our annual directory of the largest distributors across sectors.
This year saw some interesting shifts on the sector lists, notably on the Top 10 Building Materials & Construction Distributors list where acquisitions in 2015 brought together some of the largest distributors. On the Top 40 Industrial Distributors list, the change at the top of the list was driven by our efforts to better reflect the competitive landscape.
In addition to those two sector lists, we present the Top 25 Electrical Distributors and Top 10s in HVACR and Plumbing, Fluid Power and Power Transmission and Bearings. We also present the largest distributors in electronics, fasteners, gases and welding equipment, hose and accessories, industrial PVF, plastics, safety and jan-san. Later this year, we will provide our annual update for pharmaceutical distributors, featuring commentary from Adam J. Fein, Ph.D.
When we compile these lists our goal is to provide an accurate picture of distribution in each sector. This has its challenges of course, as not all distributors are willing to divulge their revenues. We use several resources to estimate where to place these companies on the list. Learn more about the methodology we use to rank distributors.
This is the most comprehensive report in the wholesale distribution industry; we used the interviews we conduct throughout the year, as well as insight we collect leading up to the publication of this report, to compile the 2016 MDM Market Leaders and Distribution Trends Special Issue. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
MDM’s research team fully enjoyed the dozens of interviews we conducted for this report, and we appreciate the feedback provided by our readers who responded to our annual trends survey.
The lists of top distributors and company listings are free.
Premium subscribers can access the 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue for free, which includes in-depth trend articles and profiles of two of this year's MDM Market Leaders: SRS Distribution and Winsupply. We also feature profiles of the 2016 MDM Market Movers, Action Health and Paramont EO.