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BSA convention pre-registration up as bearing industry prepares for expansion

Glen Ellyn, IL -- When the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) calls its 2010 Annual Convention to order in ...


Glen Ellyn, IL — When the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) calls its 2010 Annual Convention to order in May, it will be to a record number of attendees who have already registered for the May 1-4, 2010, event at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL.

Despite a sometimes ‘hesitant’ economic recovery, the association has pre-registered more attendees than in previous years and anticipates a number of registrations to come. The association’s 2010 Winter Board and Committee Meetings also enjoyed record attendance.

BSA believes there has never been a more important time for industry leaders to meet. Overall economic indicators continue to trend up, and prospects for recovery within the industry are promising. An independent study by the Freedonia Group projects ball, roller and plain bearing demand in the US will expand 3.0% annually through 2013 to $10.6 billion.

The challenge, BSA believes, is preparing to leverage this growth. The 2010 annual event, themed A Look Back to Step Ahead, features a dynamic program of industry leaders participating in a series of three panels examining past challenges, current business trends, and prospects for the future.

In addition to the panel presentations, attendees will hear a BSA Industry Update from Steve Durston, vice-president, Jamaica Bearings Co. Inc.; an ABMA Update from Bruce Warmbold, president and CEO, Schaeffler Group; a presentation by economist Don Reynolds on The New Normal; and a timely presentation on counterfeit bearings.

BSA’s manufacturer-hosted Conference Table Session on Tuesday morning, May 4, offers participants a unique opportunity for face-to-face meetings to address bearing industry concerns and resolve business problems. Past convention attendees have found these short, 25-minute meetings to be increasingly productive, according to the association. Conference Table online registration is available to all attendees as soon as they register for the Annual Convention.

For more information on BSA contact the BSA office at 630-858-3838; e-mail info@bsahome.org or visit the association website at www.bsahome.org.