FDI August 2021

Written by R.W.Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 9/7/21 Key Takeaway: The August seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) cooled m/m as raw material, freight, and labor constraints partially hindered growth, although the index remained firmly in expansionary/growth territory at 55.4. Commentary pointed to a strong supply-demand imbalance, labor shortages, accelerating […]

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FTM 167: What’s blind about a blind rivet?

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published August 12, 2021 as “…there’s something about blind rivets that most people misunderstand or believe that’s not true necessarily” during episode 167 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well, hi everybody. This is Carmen Vertullo with your Fastener Training Minute coming to you from […]

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Episode 167 of Fully Threaded is live!

Fully Threaded Radio episode 167 “Pass the Chips” was published August 12, 2021. Fastener industry legend and chip shot artist Mr. Robbie Gilchrist describes current market conditions, the future of the rep business, and how the NFDA found its way (18:28/1:30:25). AIM Testing Labs partner Rob LaPointe explains how hydrogen embrittlement is like an M&M (42:29). On the Fastener News Report, Fastener […]

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FDI July 2012

Written by R.W.Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 8/4/21 Key Takeaway: The July seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) of 59.6 improved vs. June, driven by slightly better selling conditions. Commentary continued to point to a supply-demand imbalance, along with labor shortages, accelerating pricing, and logistics backlogs. The Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI) […]

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FTM 166: What do you do when a customer rejects a product?

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published July 17, 2021 as “What do you do when a customer rejects a product based on a requirement, that was not part of the original specification? ” during episode 166 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hello everyone, This is Carmen Vertullo with […]

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FDI June 2021

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 7/7/21 Key Takeaway: The June seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) moderated slightly at 55.8, but remains solidly in expansionary territory. Driving the slight m/m contraction was a decline in both the sales and employment indexes. Respondent commentary focused on broad-based inflationary […]

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