No.1 / February-March 2018

8 New Members Since Rome
and Already 4 Newcomers in 2018!

EPTDA is welcoming 4 new member companies in the first month of 2018: Rekvisitt AS, WEG (UK) Ltd, Bando Europe GmbH and FAM. Since Rome 2017, 8 new members joined EPTDA, the other 4 new companies that were welcomed on board are Arif Alacam Rulman Ltd. Sti., Bruin Aandrijftechniek B.V., CW Bearing GmbH and Miki Pulley Europe AG, and have been featured in the previous edition of EPTDA’s eMotion.
Rekvisitt AS is a distributor company, that was founded in 1955, and is one of Norway’s leading suppliers of electric motors, conveyors, transmissions and related products. Rekvisitt AS has a wide range of quality products, and 60 years of experience in the industry – which helps them provide the best service possible and find the right solutions for their customers.
WEG (UK) Ltd. is one of the largest manufacturers of electrical equipment in the World. Comprising of five main business units: Motion, Energy, Transmission + Distribution, Automation and Coatings. Employing are 30,000 people with a global turnover in access of $ 3 billion, WEG manufactures across five continents. WEG (UK) Ltd.’s product portfolio includes electric motors, gearboxes, inverters, soft starters, motion control equipment, generators, transformers, electrical panels, rotor systems, wind turbines and paints.
Bando Europe GmbH was founded in 1906, and produced the first cotton power transmission belt manufactured in Japan. The Bando name became synonymous with first class products and top service throughout Asia. Bando Europe is represented in 14 countries, these facilities forming the foundation for their ability to sell their products on a global scale, as they meet the need of manufacturers throughout the world.
FAM is a distributor company, headquarted in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is one of the leading Russian companies engaged un procurement of components for machine engineering and development of turnkey solutions for industrial automation. FAM-Group provides complete range of services on selection and warranty maintenance of provided products, as well as development of new concepts for industrial automation.
Find out more about EPTDA's members
EPTDA’s Blue Book or membership directory brings together in a single common forum the prominent industry leaders and specialised market players. The association’s leading publication is updated daily and available on-line giving you quick access to all member companies, by membership category, and alphabetically.

The EPTDA Blue Book index provides a sneak preview of our members' profile, products and services. The details listed in the profiles allow the user to contact them further.

Learn How to 'Change Management Skills'
at EPTDA's NexGen Seminar

EPTDA continues its commitment and investment in developing the NexGen to become the future leaders of the PT/MC industry. For the 4th year in a row, EPTDA is offering members’ young business potentials (NexGen) the chance to learn the things which are needed to strengthen their company and to develop themselves in their professional life.
Every company’s future talented leaders should come at the Seminar on Change Management Skills, presented by Tom Gale, during the EPTDA's NexGen Seminar, in Tenerife, on March 21st and 22nd. 
There are four main reasons why these young business potentials should attend this seminar:
  1. Materials that outline proven steps can be taken home – the foundation of successful change management.
  2. They can build and critique a change management plan for a distributor/manufacturer case study with their EPTDA colleagues.
  3. They can advance their career by building their change management knowledge and skills.
  4. They can help their organization to be more agile, adaptive and competitive with what they learn in this meeting (and the Executive Development Seminar – Creating, Capturing and Monetizing Value in Distribution).
Tom Gale is publisher of Modern Distribution Management and and heads the company’s market research and analytics division, MDM Analytics. He has provided marketing services and competitive intelligence analysis to industrial markets and distribution channels for more than 30 years.
See what company’s future talented leaders can learn at the Seminar on Change Management Skills, presented by Tom Gale, during the EPTDA's NexGen Seminar, in Tenerife
Download the NexGen Programme and Registration Form

Unique Learning Session on 'Creating, Capturing and Monetizing Value in Distribution' on 22 March 2018

EPTDA values its Leaders, Volunteers and members, and this is why they all can benefit of a tailor-made training programme for PT/MC executives, designed to sharpen insight into business strategies and industry developments. This spring, on 22nd of March,  in Tenerife, in conjunction with the EPTAD’s All Committees Days event, EPTDA volunteers and all other member companies’s representatives have the opportunity to learn from Robert Maguire about ‘Creating, Capturing and Monetizing Value in Distribution” at the Executive Development Seminar.

This unique learning session looks at what drives procurement decision making, the common tools used to drive prices down and proposes a strategic approach to value-based contracting that will re-establish the distributor at the centre of a commercial relationship based on profitability and reverse the rush to the bottom commoditisation of distributor knowledge and expertise.

Here are 3 reasons to attend:
1. Identify Value
This seminar will provide you with the key concepts and matters to identify the most efficient strategic approach to value-based contracting actions for your company, in regard of its mission and vision.
2. Discuss And Learn The Best Practices
Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss openly and to learn about some of the best practices that may positively influence their business, while getting updates about the latest changes in the distributor–purchaser relationship.
3. Get In Touch With Other Leaders And Peers
Networking is a key step to your business success and through this seminar you will have the chance to meet with EPTDA leaders and peers, to talk with them and see how they face these kind of challenges and what is their perspective on the changes faced by this industry.

Robert Maguire is a recognized authority on the dynamics of buyer/seller relationships and the identification, quantification, and capture of value through innovative contracting and commercial mechanisms. Rob founded his own B2B commercial consultancy after following a career with global management consultancies and blue chip brands. His clients include major players in the transport, energy, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and technology sectors.
Find out more

New Intelligence Through EPTDA's Unique Partnership with Oxford Economics

At the beginning of the year, EPTDA proudly announced the launch of a new proficient quarterly forecast report for its members, in partnership with the reputable advisory company, Oxford Economics.
Oxford Economics is one of the world’s foremost independent global advisory firms providing reports, forecasts and analytical tools on 200 countries and 100 industrial sectors and over 4000 locations: headquartered in Oxford, England and it has regional centres across the globe, London, New York, and Singapore. Oxford Economics has more than 20 offices across the globe.
The new Quarterly Oxford Economics EPTDA Industry Forecast report provides important insights into any changes and valuable information that members should be aware of. The report presents detailed information in an Industry Outlook for each country/region represented within EPTDA.
“Providing its members with these reports clearly indicates that EPTDA is offering tangible benefits that enhance and contribute to the professional and efficient business development of its members.”
Hans Hanegreefs, EPTDA’s Executive Vice President

The new Quarterly Oxford Economics EPTDA Industry Forecast report is available for the EPTDA’s members through the efforts of EPTDA’s Know Your Market Committee, chaired by Mr. Sertay Güner- General Manager, Caglayanlar A.S. – Turkey. The Know Your Market Committee members have worked hard to define the contents of this comprehensive and invaluable report for EPTDA Members.
The Quarterly Oxford Economics EPTDA Industry Forecast report is exclusive to EPTDA Members Only, and can be accessed from the corporate website

Prepare for the e-Privacy Regulations:
What Changes in 2018?

The rise of the Internet, smartphone and social media have changed the way we communicate and do business. Therefore the European Commission maintains its focus on updating the legislation in order to keep up with the technological development and consumer behaviour.
In May 2018, two sets of new European rules are coming into force. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  is the first one and sets the guidelines regarding the protection of personal data.
The second one is e-Privacy Regulation, which updates the existing e-Privacy legal framework, more specifically the EU e-Privacy Directive, which goes back to 2002 and was revised in 2009, requiring prior consent regarding cookies.
It is equally important and concerns the confidentiality of communications. In a world where we text, send messages via apps, make videos or GIFs, chat on social media - and promote our businesses using all these new technologies - it is vital to have a legislation that covers these aspects of our personal and professional life.
Read more

Rise of European's Economy Into at Least the Second Half of 2018

Europe Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is up 2.0% from last year. The industrial and consumer sectors of the economy are expanding, providing upward momentum for Europe GDP.
Trends in both the Europe Leading Indicator and Europe Economic Sentiment Index suggest rise for the European economy into at least the second half of 2018. However, the trends in these leading indicators also suggest that slowing growth is likely to characterize the European economy during the second half of 2018. On the consumer side of the economy, Europe Retail Sales were up 4.0% compared to one year ago. Retail Sales transitioned to a tentative slowing growth trend in October, but further data is needed to confirm this trend.
Read more

Meet EPTDA in
Hannover and Herzogenaurach (Germany)
& Birmingham and London (UK)
in 2018

2018 already entered his rights, but you still have time to schedule some of the most important meetings with EPTDA during this year. Mark your agenda and network with the EPTDA members in Germany and UK, as follows:

Drives & Controls Industry Fair 2018

10-12 April
After the successful presence at last year’s Show, EPTDA started working already on setting-up the EPTDA Members Pavilion at the 2018 Drives & Controls Industry Fair on April 10-12 in Birmingham, UK.

The Drives & Controls Industry Fair has established itself as the leading UK event for motion engineering, power transmission and automation – the only exhibition dedicated to this vital sector of engineering and manufacturing, representing a unique face-to-face opportunity for this industry’s professionals to meet and learn about the latest trends.

Make the most of the special rates and special conditions that the EPTDA has already managed to secure for its members (remarkable visibility and location, premium stands and turnkey solutions, secretarial services, daily security and cleaning of your booth, etc.).
More info
For registering your participation at the 2018 Drives & Controls Show under the EPTDA Members Pavilion, please fill out the Registration Form and send it by email to
Registration Form

EPTDA Regional Conference at Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co.KG

17 May
Meet (upon invitation only) with German based peer distributors and guests at EPTDA’s 3rd Regional Conference, while getting introduced to Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG’s business philosophy and while visiting its unique production facilities.

With approximately 170 locations in over 50 countries, Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG has a worldwide network of manufacturing plants, research & development facilities, and sales companies.
As part of this Regional Conference, invitees will also benefit from an exclusive learning experience, presented by Prof. Dr. Gunther Herr on: “Business Models of the Future - Save the Future by Thinking Differently”, and so get valuable insights about the business models of the future and strategic tools that will make the difference for future development.
More info

'Value Add-On as a Distributor' at EPTDA London 2018

26-28 September
Mark your agenda now and schedule to attend EPTDA’s crown event of the year, EPTDA LONDON 2018, the association’s 21st EPTDA Annual Convention, held in London, on 26-28 September 2018. This leading executive learning & networking event attended by industry’s key-players will again feature thought provoking speakers and bring new ideas and set new norms to the future of EMEA’s PT/MC Industry.

Save the date for one of the most strategic, informative, executive and credible platforms where over 400 PT/MC industry decision makers are meeting every year.

Registrations for EPTDA London will open in Spring 2018. Until then, keep an eye on the convention website For additional information, do not hesitate to contact us at

EPTDA's Affiliate Association in the USA

Enhance Your Product and Industry Knowledge with PTDA's Monthly Tech Tips

Do you know why breathers are used in enclosed gearboxes?
Do you know how to maximize your linear bearing life and load capacity?
These are just a few examples of the types of "tips" you can receive from PTDA's "Tech Tips," a quick and easy way to learn more about power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products, technologies and concepts. All “Tech Tips” are based on the expertise of PTDA members and content from PTDA's Power Transmission Handbook® and Motion Control Made Simple. “Tech Tips” are great for people new to the industry. For the more experienced, "Tech Tips" are a way to refresh product knowledge or serve as a reference.
Begin testing your PT/MC product knowledge today
Subscribe for future tips
Copyright © 2018 EMEA Power Transmission Distributors Association, All rights reserved.

Grensstraat 7, 1831 Diegem (Brussels), Belgium | +32 2 660 05 01 |

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can
update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list