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The PTDA Business Index for 1Q2015 indicates slowing but continued positive growth. Reinforcing this positive outlook is the overall 1Q2015 PTDA Business Index reading of 67.7, a slightly higher reading than the 4Q2014 reading of 66.4. A deeper analysis shows distributors reported more positive business activity and new orders in 1Q2015 than manufacturers, a notable change from the same period in 2014.
Registration is now open for the PTDA 2015 Canadian Conference, to be held June 4-5, 2015, at the Four Seasons Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C. For the fourteenth year, key decision makers of the Canadian Power Transmission/Motion Control (PT/MC) industry gather for business networking, impactful market-driven education, a manufacturer industry showcase and more.   
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), the association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel, recently welcomed a new distributor member company. 
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is now taking registrations for the 2015 Leadership Development Conference to be held on March 18-20, 2015 at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Ariz.
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) elected its 2015 Board of Directors and Manufacturer Council at the recent PTDA Industry Summit in Orlando, Fla.
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Kevin McCloskey, Category Manager, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation, the 24th recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry.
August 20, 2014 — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) convenes its 2014 Industry Summit, October 22–25 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla. More than 550 delegates, representing 240 PTDA distributor and manufacturer companies are expected to conduct business and learn the latest tips on operating successfully in the B2B sphere at this year’s Industry Summit, titled, Imagine. Registration is open and those registering before August 27, 2014 receive a $100 discount.
July 30, 2014 — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has released its 2014 Membership Directory. The Directory is the ideal resource for connecting with the top decision-makers of the global power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry.
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) held its annual conference at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City from June 5-7.
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.
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) welcomed a new manufacturer member in the second quarter of 2012. Schomberg, Ont.-based Krown Corporate manufactures industrial lubricants, cleaners and coatings for the manufacturing, mining, marine, food processing, pulp and paper and raw steel sectors, including a line of eco-friendly products. Visit Krown Corporate online at   "Krown Industrial is honored and excited to become a part of PTDA. We look forward to contributing Krown's knowledge and expertise in corrosion control and lubrication to an already outstanding association of technical experts, and we very much appreciate the opportunity to do so," said Matthew Young, industrial sales manager, Krown Corporate. Founded in 1960, the PTDA is the leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel. A U.S.-based trade association, PTDA represents 171 power transmission/motion control distribution firms that generate more than $11 billion in sales and span close to 3,400 locations in the United States, Canada and eight other countries. PTDA members also include 179 manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry.
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