MRO Magazine

PTDA tracks June industry trends

CHICAGO-The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) released June 2008 month-end trend data for Canadian distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products.


August 26, 2008
By PEM Magazine

Canadian distributors reported a negligible decrease in PT/MC sales, dropping 0.2 percent in June 2008 after posting a 5.4 percent loss in May 2008. Sales over the same period last year were down 4.8 percent. In June 2008, the confidence level of Canadian distributors was held constant for the fifth consecutive month at 5.7 (on a 10-point scale).

Canadian manufacturer’s sales increased 3.5 percent in June 2008 compared to May 2008. Sales were down 10.6 percent when compared to the same period last year. The confidence level of Canadian manufacturers increased 0.2 to 4.9 (on a 10-point scale) from May to June 2008.

Canadian Manufacturer Percent Change in Product Sales (May 2008 vs. June 2008)

• Clutches and brakes (-24.1%)


• Variable-speed drives (-12.2%)

• Mounted bearings (-1.4%)

• Unmounted bearings (-1.3%)

• Gear products (0.8%)

• Shaft couplings (5.8%)

• Positioning systems/linear motion products (8.4%)

• Mechanical-drive systems and other PT products (19.4%)

• Standard industrial motors (42.0%)

Year-end data for 2006 and 2007 is available in a complete report.  The monthly data is available by subscription via e-mail or mail.  To purchase the year-end data or begin a subscription to the monthly data, order online at or call the PTDA at (312) 516-2100.  PTDA members may download the report at no charge through the PTDA Web site at