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2014 Trends Snapshot: Industrial PVF Distribution

This article is part of MDM's 2014 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the industrial PVF distribution sector.

The annual report was researched and written by MDM editors based on interviews with dozens of wholesaler-distributors, as well as industry experts and manufacturers. MDM also conducted a survey of its readers to uncover the trends outlined in this report.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

Trends outlined in the 2014 report include:

  • Leaving Economic Uncertainty Behind
  • Connecting the Dots Online and Offline
  • Need for Access Whenever, Wherever, However Drives Mobile Adoption
  • Avoiding Information Overload Essential with Analytics
  • Making the Case for Millennials in Distribution
  • Training, Technology Take Front Seat in Employee Retention Strategies
  • Better Inventory Management Through Data, Collaboration
  • Distributors Seek More Complete Strategy for Vending
  • Private Equity Consolidating Markets
  • A More Practical Approach to Product Expansion
  • Other Trends
  • Trend Snapshots for 13 Sectors

The report also includes the following case studies and interviews:

  • 2014 MDM Market Movers
    • Engman-Taylors Cost-Saving Teams
    • Capitol Coffees Proactive Problem-Solving
    • Redwood Plastics Online Success Story
  • MDM Market Leader Profiles
    • DGI Supply: Building on the Core
    • F.W. Webb Takes Diverse View of Market

This is a part of the 2014 Distribution Trends Report. The annual report was researched and written by MDM editors based on interviews with dozens of wholesaler-distributors, as well as industry experts and manufacturers. MDM also conducted a survey of its readers to uncover the trends outlined in this report.


2014 Distribution Trends Report


Industrial PVF distribution sector growth continues to be driven by the ongoing shale oil and gas industry and the infrastructure put in place to support that. New pipelines are being built to support new and increasing supplies of oil and gas from the shale plays. Only three countries produce more oil that the U.S.: China, Russia and Saudi Arabia. And the U.S. is poised to surpass China soon, according to Toby Mack, president and CEO of the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance. As such, even more new infrastructure will be required to support the growth in this area.

Legislation around improving infrastructure is accelerating replacement of aging pipelines. According the MRC Global’s 2013 annual report, about 63 percent of existing U.S. pipelines fall into the category of needing to be repaired. These initiatives “have results in growth in one of our highest margin product lines,” the report says.

Energy efficiency initiatives involving PVF offer opportunity to distributors. Using the right pipes, valves and fittings can play a big role in reducing energy costs in buildings, according to distributors in this sector.

A focus on safety and energy security is increasing demand for more effective and efficient flow control capabilities.

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