Brussels, Belgium – EPTDA, an association for the PT/MC industry in the EMEA region hosted, recently held its annual convention, bringing around 400 power transmission and motion control executives and industry leaders to Turkey, a key growth market for the association. Its annual convention in Istanbul had a record of nearly 140 first-timers in attendance, reflecting the success of the association’s efforts at expansion.
Sixteen years ago, EPTDA started with 38 members and today, with almost 250 member companies – 129 distributors, 102 manufacturers and 15 associates – the association is a leader in industrial distribution.
The association is also investing a lot of effort into broadening its geographical expansion in order to create new added value and to reach new markets for its members. “Hosting its 2014 convention in Istanbul was a strong signal of the association’s firm commitment towards new markets,” said Hans Hanegreefs, executive vice-president of EPTDA. The association welcomed more than 10 Turkish companies as members and over 15 Turkish companies as first timers to its convention.
“Turkey is an important growth market for EPTDA,” said Hanegreefs. “A great majority of the European members are already active in Turkey and we are truly excited about bringing new PT/MC companies from the region to our membership base. I am confident that our new board of directors and new president will continue to drive and grow momentum not only in local but also in emerging markets.”
During the convention, EPTDA also announced the appointment of its 2015 Board of Directors, headed by Elisabeth Meister as the new president of the association. Meister, the first female president of EPTDA, is also the general manager of Ludwig Meister GmbH & Co, Germany, and has been actively supporting the growth of the association as a volunteer since 2003. Meister is also a representative of the Next Generation (under 40) community within EPTDA.
“I am truly honoured to be taking over the challenge of EPTDA’s president. In 1998, we started out as a small community of influencers who wanted to voice their collective concerns and raise awareness about the PT/MC industry. Today, we have grown to be a very recognized, leading association in 32 countries across Europe, Middle East [and] Africa. I look forward to continuing the strong legacy built by my predecessors and help lead EPTDA into a dynamic new era of success and growth,” said Meister.
“We will work on promoting further education for our industry through targeted training and development programs for all PT/MC professionals in the EMEA region. We will also work towards advocating transparency in the supply chain to provide our members with better forecast on volumes. Visibility into the future of inventory and trends is crucial to the survival and progress of industrial distribution.”
The convention’s Distribution Forum touched on how the Internet will influence the future of the industry, specifically the rise of e-commerce. The convention speakers, Tom Gale of Gale Media and Jonathan Collins of Grainger USA shared insights on the topic and this stimulated a good question-and-answer session.
This year’s MD-IDEX meetings sessions crossed last year’s record year with more than 900 distributor-manufacturer meetings.
EPTDA plans to hold its next annual convention in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 23-25, 2015.