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EPTDA continues growing, gets ready for conference in Venice

Brussels, Belgium - The European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA), a community for distributors and manufacturers active in the mechanical power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) industry, will be celebrating its 15th...


Brussels, Belgium – The European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA), a community for distributors and manufacturers active in the mechanical power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) industry, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary at its annual convention in Venice, Italy, in October.

“Since its previous annual convention in September 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal, the association has welcomed 15 new company members, including nine since January 2013, said EPTDA executive vice-president Hans Hanegreefs.

“In the past few months, EPTDA has been focusing its efforts on raising awareness in Eastern Europe and Turkey – a very fast-developing ground for the industry, where representation can be strengthened,” he said.

EPTDA has introduced new memberships in the region; the most recent including six distributors: Fazil Rulmancilik A.S. (Turkey); Goztas Rulman (Turkey); Ozevren Rulman San. Tic. Ltd Sti. (Turkey); Polymak Müh. Ic ve Dis Tic. (Turkey); Prema (Poland); and Wilhelm Herm Müller Polska SP. Z.oo (Poland).

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The organization generates many benefits for its active members; particularly for manufacturers looking for new channels of distribution. As EPTDA is developing its distributor representation, it attracts more manufacturers to join and explore this qualified pool of potential partners. Recently, three new manufacturers got on board to take part in this venture – DRC Kaucuk San Tic AS (Bezek Hose, Turkey); CPM SpA (Italy); and Wippermann Jr. GmbH (Germany).

Dott. Ing. Simon Fantin, deputy general manager and sales director of Italian manufacturer CPM SpA, explains the reasons and benefits to join EPTDA: “I am proud to catch this opportunity to become a member of the EPTDA organization, as I strongly believe that sharing information and competencies will bring to all of us benefits in our business; one of my goals is to get in touch with both European and overseas distributors in order to create a more efficient sales network throughout the world.”

CPM produces, in mid to high series, special ball, cylindrical roller, tapered roller and needle-roller bearings, slewing rings and bushings.

For a distributor like Polymak, EPTDA membership generates tangible benefits: “Our major motivations behind joining EPTDA family as a distributor member, are to exchange ideas with industry professionals, get exposed to best practices in the PT/MC sector, expand our vision and seek vertical and horizontal growth opportunities while creating added value to EPTDA members through our know-how in the Turkish market for machine tools and the power transmission industry,” said Ahmet Comak, general manager of Polymak.

“We feel privileged to have the opportunity to work and get in contact with so many valuable members throughout Europe. We strongly believe that EPTDA gatherings will provide a unique opportunity to meet and exchange ideas as well as an active and engaging discussion on a variety of industry related issues,” he added.

Ozevren Rulman is another example of a Turkish company finding benefits in joining EPTDA. The company has been serving end-users all over Turkey with its head office on the Asian side of Istanbul and seven branch offices across the country. The company, ranking as top bearing company in Turkey, has had TUV Rhineland ISO 9001-2008 quality certificate since 2003.

“Ozevren Rulman is grateful to join EPTDA, which is an organization that lets manufacturers and distributors from across the world meet, interact and find new business opportunities,” said foreign trade specialist Sesil Markaroglu. “One of the most important reasons for Ozevren Rulman to be a member of this wonderful organization is to get to know new professionals in the power transmission sector and to create long-term business relationships.

“EPTDA creates a platform for people to connect easily and lead nations to meet in a same place without making multiple appointments. ,”  Ozevren Rulman has been expanding its portfolio of trademarks that are experts in their own field worldwide. These include Renold and NSK, to name but a few.

“EPTDA currently represents 210 key players, small and medium quality-driven stakeholders of the industry in all parts of Europe, North America, Middle-East and Africa. Together these companies account for over 25 billion euros annual sales volume, within more than 15 categories of power transmission and motion control components,” added Markaroglu.

Every year, the EPTDA members convene for the association’s General Assembly, held in conjunction with the EPTDA Annual Convention. In 2013, the convention will be held September 18-20 in Venice, Italy. Over 350 industry professionals – EPTDA members, US-counterpart PTDA members and non-members – are expected to attend, taking the opportunity to combine business meetings, tailor-made educational programs – including dedicated Distribution Forum – and social networking with high-class 15th-anniversary celebrations.

“The EPTDA Annual Conventions are the most cost-effective way to meet so many customers, suppliers or business partners in one time, at one single place,” said Hanegreefs. “It is also a distinctive forum to learn about the industry like nowhere else, and get to know new members and contacts. This year especially, given the 15th anniversary circumstances, we expect a record-level attendance, as much in terms of individual delegates as in terms of companies being represented. There are many reasons, therefore, not to miss this once-in-a-lifetime event and being part of our growing community,” he concluded.

Registrations for the EPTDA Venice 2013 convention are open to both EPTDA/PTDA members and qualified non-member companies. For the early- bird on-line registration and other practical information about the convention, visit www.eptdaconvention.org.