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EPTDA adds more members in Switzerland, UK and Canada

Brussels, Belgium - The European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) has added three new members recently, strengthening its presence in Switzerland with manufacturer Simatec ag, in the UK with manufacturer Cooper Bearings Ltd.,...


September 12, 2011
By MRO Magazine


Brussels, Belgium – The European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) has added three new members recently, strengthening its presence in Switzerland with manufacturer Simatec ag, in the UK with manufacturer Cooper Bearings Ltd., and in Canada with distributor PTM Industries Inc.

PTM Industries Inc., North York, ON, is an international manufacturers’ partner in the Canadian market. PTM acts as a manufacturer’s agent or master distributor. Operating nationally from two distribution centres (in Toronto and Calgary), PTM serves almost 1,000 distributor and original equipment manufacturer customers.

PTM, established in 1984, offers manufacturers a variety of services, including national sales coverage, distribution and warehousing, order desk support and business development strategy consulting. Company presidentDaniel Cotton says: “PTM is proud to become a member of the EPTDA. PTM acts as a Canadian business partner for international manufacturers. As such, we are looking forward to meeting the EPTDA family, learning from respected industry professionals and building new relationships.” For more information, visit

As the inventor and global leader in the supply of split roller bearings, Cooper Bearings Group, Norfolk, England, is over 100 years old. Cooper currently offers the largest range of split roller bearings on the market and is backed by ISO 9001 and 14000 standards, and BSI and Lloyd´s registration. Providing a full service from design through supply, Cooper has sales/service subsidiaries in the US, Germany, China, India and Brazil, as well as a global network of national distributors, including Cooper-Grainger Canada Inc., Mississauga, ON. Cooper has long-standing business relationships with many existing EPTDA members so, in the words of David Burns, divisional sales manager for the UK and Europe, “membership represents a logical decision while the convention itself is an excellent forum in which to meet and interact with fellow manufacturers and distributors as well as to keep abreast of trends in key markets and industrial segments.” For more information, visit


Simatec ag, Wangen an der Aare, Switzerland, a developer and manufacturer of industrial maintenance solutions, was established in 1983. Simatec remains an independent, globally active family business. Since 2005 it has been run by the second generation of the family. Since the company was founded, its staff has been developing and producing products for the maintenance of roller bearings. Globally known brand names such as Simatherm, Simatool and Simalube originate from Simatec. The development of the patented gas-producing dry cell enabled the launch of the single-point automatic grease and oil lubricator, which allows clean, safe, dependable, maintenance-free lubrication of bearings for the long haul. Mischa Wyssmann, CEO, declares: “Simatec established itself in North America at the end of 2007, by opening an incorporated subsidiary in Charlotte, NC. The American office, Simatec inc., has been an active member of the PTDA since 2009. As a result of very positive experiences and networking, Simatec ag has decided to engage with the EPTDA, PTDA’s European counterpart, in the hope of fostering a similar outcome.” For more information, visit

To date, the EPTDA has welcomed no less than 15 new member companies in 2011: four distributors, five manufacturers and six associates. With this growth, the pan-European association is also reinforcing its representation in Eastern Europe and other countries like Switzerland, France and Spain.

“All these new members will be officially introduced to the EPTDA family during the next Annual Convention: EPTDA, Budapest 2011, taking place Sept. 28-30 in Hungary,” said Hans Hanegreefs, executive vice-president of the association.

“Special attention will be paid to these first timers in Budapest, as well as to the many other newcomers, mainly from the distribution community, whom we will welcome on that occasion. We want to make sure they can easily and quickly integrate and make the most of this exclusive experience, both business-wise and personally, and we are confident that we will be able to convince most of these newcomers to join the EPTDA as members from Budapest onwards,” he said.

EPTDA’s 2011 Annual Convention is expected to bring together more than 270 decision makers and executives of the power transmission and motion control industry, representing close to 150 companies – with an increase of distributor attendance of 40%.

For more information about EPTDA Budapest 2011 and registration details, visit