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Significantly slower growth seen by power transmission/motion control industry in third quarter

Chicago, IL – The PTDA Business Index for 3Q2015 indicates continued slowing compared to the previous quarter with a reading of 37.7, down from 46.6 in 2Q2015. The PTDA Business Index reading fell behind the October 2015 PMI Index of 50.1 for the second time this year.

According to Randy Breaux, senior vice-president for Motion Industries Inc. and chair of PTDA’s Research & Innovation Committee, “There are a number of occurrences happening in the marketplace that have been creating slower growth and headwinds. The oil and gas market decline reached much deeper and wider than anticipated. No rebound is expected anytime soon.

“The steel industry also continues to struggle and the strength of the US dollar makes it difficult for companies that manufacture products for export,” Breaux added. “We are seeing layoffs and closures in a number of plants across the country.”

[Note: The Index reading indicates the rate of change compared with the previous period. For example, a reading of 50 indicates no change from the prior period while readings above 50 indicate growth and below 50 indicate contraction. The further the Index is above or below 50 suggests a faster or slower rate of change.]


The entire 3Q2015 PTDA Business Index report is available through PTDA’s website at It includes distributor and manufacturer breakout data in addition to historical data. The PTDA Business Index is modelled after the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) and tracks change in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices and backlog in the PT/MC industry to arrive at an overall index.

PTDA (the Power Transmission Distributors Association) is a global association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel. For more information, visit