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EPTDA takes annual meeting to Vienna in September

Brussels, Belgium -- The European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) will host its 8th Annual Conv...

Brussels, Belgium — The European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) will host its 8th Annual Convention in Vienna, Austria, Sept. 20-22, 2006.

Themed ‘Do Not Re-Invent The Wheel — Learn From Other Distributor Industries,’ the EPTDA’s networking event for power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry professionals aims at equipping distributor and manufacturer companies in this industry to deal successfully with their day-to-day business issues.

The educational program offers participants keys to growing their businesses by learning adapted strategies and tactics to master the various factors affecting the business environment.

The event will feature internationally renowned speakers to enliven the educational sessions, extended networking opportunities — including MD-IDEX (Manufacturer Distributor IDea EXchange) sessions — and social events in the spirit of celebrating Mozart’s 250th anniversary.


The EPTDA 2006 annual conference programme includes:

‘What lessons can be learned from channel models in the technology sector?’: Ian Ryder, vice-president of brand & communications EMEIA for Unisys Corp., will propose solutions to help participants manage their way through a fast-changing distribution landscape.

‘Logistics of Today and Tomorrow’: Bruce van Barthold, a specialist in value and strategy issues, will demonstrate how a good strategy when effectively married with the right resources can deliver the optimal results.

‘Negotiation on the Edge’: Matthias Schranner, a consultant for difficult negotiations and CEO of the Negotiation Institute in St. Gallen, Switzerland, will teach participants how to keep control under the influence of stress, become more powerful and break through every resistance.

‘Key Global Business Issues’: Daniel Thorniley, the senior global consultant of the Economist Corporate Network’s office in Vienna, which is part of the Economist Group, will give indications on global trends to support major decision-making considerations for 2007.

Brigitte Jank as special guest will open this year’s EPTDA event by addressing the importance of Austria in European business and the country’s favourable investment climate. Mrs. Jank is the president of the Vienna Economic Chamber.

Headquartered in Brussels, EPTDA is an organization of distributors and manufacturers of power transmission and motion control products at European level. It represents 190 companies from 19 countries including East European countries, the USA and Canada, inclucing 109 distributors of power transmission/motion control products, 71 manufacturers, and 10 associate members that provide services directly related to the industry.

For further information, telephone +32 2 643 20 40; Fax +32 2 645 26 71 or e-mail