39th annual FIN Survey of the Fastener Industry

Since 1979, the FIN Survey has monitored how the fastener industry is performing.
The results are published annually to provide benchmarks to measure your company performance.
All responses are confidential.

* 1. What is the primary operation of your firm?

* 2. Rate company sales for 2017 vs. 2016

* 3. Rate company profits for 2017 vs. 2016

* 4. Rate capital expenditures for 2017 vs. 2016

* 5. Rate overall costs for 2017 vs. 2016

* 6. How many inventory turnovers did you have in 2017?

* 7. Did you change fastener prices in 2017?

* 8. Will you change fastener prices in 2018?

* 9. What percentage did fastener products contribute to your overall sales in 2017?

* 10. How many employees work at your company?

* 11. How many facilities does your company operate?

* 12. What was your biggest company problem in 2017?

* 13. Did your company workforce change in 2017?

* 14. What percentage of pay increase did your company give employees in 2017?

* 15. 2018 FORECAST - How will your capital expenditures change in 2018?

* 16. 2018 FORECAST - How will costs change in 2018?

* 17. 2018 FORECAST - What is your prediction for profit in 2018?

* 18. 2018 FORECAST - What is your prediction for sales in 2018?

* 19. 2018 FORECAST - What percentage of pay increase will your company give employees in 2018?

* 20. 2018 FORECAST - Rate your level of confidence in overall North American economic conditions for 2018?

* 21. 2018 FORECAST - Rate your level of confidence in global economic conditions for 2018.

* 22. 2018 FORECAST - Rate your level of confidence in the White House on business issues.

* 23. 2018 FORECAST - Rate your level of confidence in the U.S. Congress on business issues.

* 24. DISTRIBUTORS: What was your gross margin on fasteners in 2017?

* 25. MANUFACTURERS: At what capacity did you operate in 2017?

* 26. MANUFACTURERS: At what capacity will you operate in 2018?

* 27. MANUFACTURERS: What percentage has steel prices changed in the past six months?

* 28. We welcome your comments on the current state of the fastener industry.

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