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Face-to-face outreach is the key to networking success. That’s according to Ann Arnott, Vice President and CEO of PTDA, who recently promoted her organization at IFPE, the international exposition and technical conference, which integrates fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. In this video Arnott offers support for PTDA members and promotes the upcoming PTDA Canadian forum for power transmission/motion control distributors in Quebec City (June 5 – 7).
February 21, 2014 — To honour the memory of Wendy B. McDonald, one of the power transmission/motion control industry's true pioneers, the PTDA Foundation has established the Wendy B. McDonald Award.
September 20, 2013 - As Europe emerges from recession, it is interesting to note that the European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) has grown from 40 members in 1998 to 220 member companies this year.
September 9, 2013 - The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has released its latest metrics for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel.
July 4, 2013 - More than 550 power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) executives are expected to convene at the Power Transmission Distributors Association’s (PTDA’s) Industry Summit this October, themed “Working Without a Net?” In addition to being a cost-efficient and powerful connection hub, the emphasis on current events and economic trends provides attendees with the net they need to be more secure in their plans for business moving into 2014 and beyond.
June 14, 2013 - According to the just-released “2013 PT Distributor Performance Report”, financial performance varied widely among distributors in 2012. Compiled from data confidentially provided by participating PTDA distributor member companies, the report indicates the pre-tax profit of a typical power transmission/motion control distribution firm was less than half that of high-profit firms.
June 7, 2013 - PEM Magazine took the opportunity to drop in on the Power Transmission Distributors Association’s (PTDA’s) Canadian Conference in Toronto, Ont., which was specifically designed by and for its Canadian distributors and manufacturers selling into Canada.
May 10, 2013 - For those seeking to connect with distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control products, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has released its 2013 Membership Directory. PTDA members distribute and manufacture products such as motors, bearings, gears, belts, drives, lubricants and other industrial products that keep machinery moving. The directory contains e-mail, phone, fax, address and website listings. Print editions are available to PTDA members for $30, and to non-members for $250. Meantime, an electronic version is available for $100 to members and $500 to non-members.
The power transmission/motion control industry expanded in the third quarter of 2012 for the 10 consecutive quarter, but at a slower pace compared with the second quarter of the year. The 3Q12 PTDA Business Index produced a reading of 50.3, which represents a deceleration from the 2Q12 reading of 54.2. Both distributors and manufacturers in Canada and the U.S. reported decelerated sales growth compared with the last quarter. On average, sales rose 5 per cent in 3Q12, down from the 7 per cent growth seen in 2Q12. Distributor sales growth grew 5 per cent in 3Q12 down from 6 percent in 2Q12. Manufacturers also reported decelerated sales growth of 6 percent in 3Q12, compared with 8 percent growth last quarter. PTDA members expect 2013 to be another year of growth, with an average forecast of 6 per cent. Notably, 83 per cent of distributors and 78 per cent of manufacturers surveyed expect positive growth in 2013. The PTDA Business Index full report is available through PTDA’s website at It includes U.S. and Canadian breakout data in addition to historical data.
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has launched a newly redesigned website at The organization says the new website is cleaner and easier to navigate than ever before. Powerful search tools make it easier for users to find relevant industry information and to locate distributors and manufacturers throughout North America and beyond. A fresh, mobile-friendly design makes the site accessible for those on the go as the new site displays well whether users are on tablets, cell phones or desktops. In addition, the site offers loads of industry-specific content. While some of it is accessible only to members, much of the information — such as guidelines and formats — is publicly available with just a few additional steps. PTDA members can now quickly access and update their online profiles. PTDA’s Communications Committee and its Website Redevelopment Task Force provided input during the website redevelopment process. Their time and efforts not only made the new site possible but also helped ensure the new site meets members’ needs. Founded in 1960, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is the leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel.
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