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EPTDA elects 2007 board in Vienna

Vienna, Austria -- The 2006 European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) Annual Convention in Vienn...


November 10, 2006
By MRO Magazine

Vienna, Austria — The 2006 European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) Annual Convention in Vienna, Sept. 20-22, reached new heights with a record number of 325 delegates attending.

The 2006 EPTDA Annual Convention welcomed international guests representing 22 different nationalities and senior executives of the international power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) industry.

New members joining the EPTDA portfolio were welcomed to a special ‘First Timers’ reception. At this gathering, a detailed overview was given to new members on EPTDA’s objectives, methods, best practices, and tools and measures available.

Ralf Kronawitter, the convention chair, kicked of the seconnd day of the convention. The day’s agenda featured a tight schedule of educational seminars and workshops focusing on key issues that are and/or will affect the future of European and world economy, with a focus on the PT/MC industry.


Dr. Daniel Thornily, the senior vice-president of the Economist Intelligence, and an established and well honoured speaker at 2005 EPTDA Annual Convention in Prague, served as the convention facilitator. In addition, Dr. Thornily also led a seminar on ‘Key Global Issues’, presenting an update on the social, political and economic challenges and opportunities surrounding the new global marketplace.

The keynote session and the theme of 2006 convention, ‘Do not re-invent the wheel — Learn from other distributor industries’, was presented by Ian Ryder. This year’s convention theme focused on sharing best practices from distribution networks globally and integrating them in the PT/MC industry with an aim of generating economies of scale and increasing efficiency.

Other seminars were devoted to the ‘Logistics of Today and Tomorrow’, presented by Bruce van Barthold, and ‘Negotiation on the Edge’, presented by Matthias Schranner.

EPTDA also hosted two additional workshops this year, on ‘Human Resource — Key Performance Indicators’, presented by Denny Wood, and ‘Measuring and improving people’s performance’, presented by Jean-Marie Fink. These workshops were aligned to pave the way for next year’s convention theme — ‘People make the Difference’.
After a hectic and thought provoking educational day, it was time to have some fun.

The event also was the occasion of the first-ever EPTDA PT/MC Award. The award is EPTDA’s recognition to the person who has significantly contributed to the association’s development and the PT/MC industry. The 2006 award winner is Heinz Landhusser, the founder and former president of EPTDA.

The 2007 Board of Directors and Manufacturer Council elected at the 2006 convention includes:

– Roberto Cugnaschi, vice-general manager of Mondial S.p.A.. (Milan, Italy) — president
– Marcel Mak, managing director of Spruit Transmissies BV (Alkmaar, Netherlands) — first vice-president
– Franois Longeroche, managing director of Centre Roulement (Clermont-Frand, France) — second vice president
– Jukka Nordling, managing director of SKS-mekaniikka Oy (Vantaa, Finland) — treasurer.
– Lex Browning, director of NTN UK (Lichfield, UK) — Manufacturer Council chair
– Piotr Maksymowicz, distributor development manager, Europe, for SKF (Brussels, Belgium) — Manufacturer Council vice-chair.

The remaining 2007 directors on the EPTDA board include: Elena Azcue Taberna, general manager, Sociedad Industrial de Transmisiones, S.A. (San Sebastian, Spain); Glyn Clarke, chairman, BRT Bearings Limited (Wisbech, UK); Mehmet Ali lgen, managing director, Silkar Otomotiv Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. (Istanbul, Turkey); Henrik Gpert, vice-president, AB Sverull (Jnkping, Sweden).

Headquartered in Brussels, EPTDA is the leading organization of distributors and manufacturers of power transmission and motion control products in Europe. EPTDA currently represents 199 companies from 26 countries, including East European countries, the U.S.A. and Canada, including 116 distributors of power transmission/motion control products, 74 manufacturers, and nine associate members that provide services directly related to the industry.

For further information, contact EPTDA, 287 Avenue Louise, 1050 Brussels, Belgium; Tel. +32 2 643 20 40, fax +32 2 645 26 71, e-mail, or visit

The 2007 Annual Convention will take place in Monaco at the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel, Sept. 19-20.