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PTDA Industry Summit joins with FPDA to expand networking opportunities

Chicago, IL -- The upcoming Industry Summit of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), taking ...


September 21, 2009
By MRO Magazine

Chicago, IL — The upcoming Industry Summit of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), taking place Oct. 22-24, 2009, is planned to be an efficient, effective and economical way for the power transmission industry’s peers and partners to build and nurture relationships and carry members through to the other side of the recession.


Themed ‘What’s Your Next Move?’, the Summit will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, CA. Sessions at the conference are intented to help delegates answer questions such as: What’s your next move going to be? and What will you do to build business in the growth period that is sure to follow the recession?



This is the first time the Summit will be co-located with the FPDA Motion & Control Newtwork (formerly known as the Fluid Power Distributors Association) Fall Networking Symposium and will draw leaders from member companies of both associations, allowing delegates to easily reach new contacts in the industrial world.  


The combined event will be attended over 500 executives of more than 120 power transmission/motion control and fluid power manufacturing companies and as many as 100 distribution companies.

People come to the Industry Summit to iron out problems, sign agreements and open new channels, PTDA says. The Summit is a venue for face-to-face communications, whether at formal meetings during the Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX) or at more relaxed networking opportunities. 


The event will help delegates identify the end-user markets that will be hot on the other end of the recession. Two venues at the Summit will feature such information are a workshop session by Cleveland Research Company that will focus on recent industrial and end-user market trends and expectations for the coming year. This session will feature industry outlooks and forecasts not available anywhere else, PTDA reports. A Motion Control Showcase, with live demonstrations by manufacturers of precision motion control, is another feature of the Summit.


Two industry consultants, Dr. William R. McCleave and J. Michael Marks, will be facilitating workshop sessions designed to provide guidelines on entering new markets and show delegates how to take risk deliberately with research and foresight.


Another speaker, entrepreneurial icon Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. In founding US FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), Kamen uses his enthusiasm to harness the creativity of young people and is expected to help delegates discover how they can inspire a culture of innovation in their own companies.


As well, economic forecaster Robert Genetski will provide critical economic data in his presentation.


The Summit also will offer roundtable sessions to help future leaders build the support network they’ll need to overcome, manoeuvre and tackle short-term and long-term obstacles.


The FPDA Motion & Control Network includes more than 300 distributor and manufacturer members representing motion solution providers who offer fluid power, automation, and electro-mechanical technologies and distribution services. More information on the FPDA conference in association with the PTDA Industry Summit can be found at


Founded in 1960, PTDA is an association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel. A U.S.-based trade association, it represents 204 power transmission/motion control distribution firms that generate more than $10 billion in sales and span 3,500 locations in North America and 12 other countries. PTDA members also include 198 manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry.


The PTDA Industry Summit is open to all employees of member companies and qualified prospects. For more information, visit or contact PTDA at 312-516-2100.