Fastener Distributor Index (FDI)

The Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) is a monthly analysis of selected distributors and manufacturers in the fastener industry


The Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) was developed in 2012 as a service to the fastener industry by the FCH Sourcing Network and Holden Lewis, then an analyst at BB&T Capital Markets.
At that time it designed to be to be a new benchmark for the fastener industry, the fastener industry equivalent of the PMI.
Like the ISM manufacturing Index (PMI), the FDI is a weighted diffusion index, where an index greater than 50 indicates growth, and less than 50 represents contraction.

Today, with analysis by R.W. Baird, the FDI measures operating conditions and sentiment within the North American industrial fastener distribution sector, and reflects a robust history of market conditions. The FDI is compiled monthly from survey input provided by qualified distributors, and results are discussed on the online fastener industry podcast, Fully Threaded Radio, and in Fastener Technology International Magazine.

The FDI Survey website is an historical resource than can be accessed by anyone, but it can only be updated by registered users during the monthly open survey period, which occurs during the last week of each month.

If you are interested in being a more active part of the industry, you can apply to add your company to the FDI survey group. Complete the "Request an Invitation to Participate" form by clicking here. Once verified, you will receive login ID and password information and you will be notified by email every month when the survey period has been opened.

All survey data collected is maintained in strict confidence and is compiled for publication in index form. All company information as provided to the analysts is anonymous, and no information collected or compiled through the FDI monthly survey is shared, sold or otherwise used outside the scope of the index.

Contact FCH directly with additional questions: 877-332-7836