EPTDA grows over the summer

PRESS RELEASE: EPTDA grows over the summer, adding five more leading PT/MC companies to its stronger than ever family

EPTDA, the EMEA Power Transmission Distributors Association, the leading industrial association in the EMEA region, is delighted to welcome its newest members – three manufacturers, one distributor and one associate member – to the EPTDA family.

Two of these five new members, manufacturers Cone Drive Operations and WPT Power Corporation, are US-based companies and are also members of EPTDA’s sister organisation in the US, PTDA. Another newcomer to the EPTDA fold in the past month is Ditton Chain, one of the oldest chain manufacturers in Europe. With its base in Latvia, Ditton Chain is helping EPTDA to extend its reach in Eastern Europe, while the UAE-based KG International FZCO increases the Association’s Middle Eastern membership. EPTDA is constantly looking to expand its presence in these regions with high-quality manufacturers and distributors. Last but not least, BearingNEWS is the fifth new EPTDA recruit this summer. This leading sector magazine for bearing industry professionals has signed up as an associate member.

“All of the companies that have recently joined EPTDA will be formally introduced at the EPTDA Annual Convention, which will take place in Barcelona between 23 and 25 September,” commented Hans Hanegreefs, EPTDA’s Executive Vice-President. “Nearly 400 delegates and guests have already registered to attend the leading annual event of the PT/MC industry in the EMEA region, so there is no better opportunity to familiarise EPTDA’s new members with the Association and its members and let them experience first-hand the benefits of belonging to our community.”

KG International FZCO, an ISO 9001: 2008 company, is a complete bearing solution provider. With a footprint in five continents and direct or indirect presence in 50+ countries, it is the largest privately held ball/roller bearing company in the world. It has been in operation since 1968 and is located in Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, UAE. The state-of-the-art warehouse and office occupies an area of over 300,000 sq. feet. The company’s day-to-day operations are handled by CEO, Rohit Gupta and the team comprises close to 100 people. KGI has a manufacturing factory in Neemrana India called NACHI KG Technology India Private limited (NKTI), in partnership with NACHI-Fujikoshi Corporation, Japan, for catering to the Japanese Automotive OEMs based in India.


“It is a matter of immense pride that today KG is among the top bearings companies across the region and even beyond. The company is indeed rolling ahead and gearing for newer challenges along the way KGI is expanding its horizons Europe - wards and the reason to join EPTDA is to meet the players in Europe, introduce ourselves, form associations to mutual benefit and to grow.” says Rohit Gupta – the CEO of the company.

Cone Drive® is one of the industry leaders in precision motion control and power transmission solutions, delivering the highest level of accuracy, torque and shock load capacity in the smallest amount of space. Renowned for precision, quality, durability and consistency, Cone Drive specializes in expertly-engineered custom and modified solutions in addition to a comprehensive portfolio including Harmonic Solutions, Right Angle and Inline Planetary Worm Drives, Slew Drives and Slew Bearings and High Performance Gearsets. With 90-years of gear ingenuity and locations in Europe, The United States and China, Cone Drive is perfectly poised to deliver next generation manufacturing solutions across multiple industrial markets around the globe.

“We are very excited to bring the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of precision motion control solutions and dedicated customer support to new and existing customers throughout Europe” said Kurt Gamelin, Chief Executive Officer for Cone Drive. “Furthermore, partnering with the EPTDA ensures that as our business evolves, we remain aligned with the needs and demands that are specific to the European customer base.”

“EPTDA is the ideal organization for Cone Drive to partner with” says Mike Page, Director of European Sales for Cone Drive. “EPTDA, as the leading industry organization for power transmission industrial applications, provides a highly visible and reputable platform to communicate our product and service offering and build relationships with new distribution partners.”, continues Mike Page.

Ditton Chain is one of the largest chain manufacturers in Europe and has been in business since 1949. Its chains are made to three standards: GOST, ISO, ASA/ANSI, as well as special customer orders for custom chains. The factory applies a quality management system in accordance with ISO 9001: 2008 and ISO/TS 16949: 2009 (production of components for automotive belts). Ditton Chain’s products are exported to more than 20 countries, including most of Europe.

“We think that joining EPTDA will improve the visibility of our plant and products and we hope to find new business partners for Ditton Chain among the existing EPTDA distributor and manufacturer members. We hope that by becoming part of this Association, our company will develop even further,” said Sergejs Manchenko, Ditton Chain Marketing Manager.

Founded in Wichita Falls in 1992, WPT® Power Corporation has built an international reputation for excellence in the power transmission industry. Clutches, brakes, power take- offs, hydraulic pump drives and winches compose the core of its product lines. WPT has become a global leader in the industry, providing heavy-duty pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and spring set controlled clutch and brake products. Its standard lines are easy to maintain and are proven workhorses for Energy, Agriculture, Dynamometer, Forestry, Marine, Metal Forming, Mining, Off-Highway, Paper/Converting and Steel industry applications. WPT® Power Corporation’s engineering group offers successful solutions for custom applications or special designs.

“WPT Power is honored to be involved with EPTDA. The EPTDA is a great fit for developing an international presence for us as a manufacturer. We have been associated with their sister organization, PTDA for a long time and they have helped us connect with quality distributors in North America. EPTDA has a commitment to the best professional practices in mechanical power transmission and we are looking forward to growing relationships in the European community.” Says Steve St. John, Marketing Manager at WPT.

With 23,000 subscribers, BearingNEWS is the leading sector magazine for bearing industry professionals, end users, manufacturers and distributors worldwide. Bearing industry-related discussions, interviews, project details, product updates, engineering, know-how, company news, inside market information and exhibition announcements are some of the main items featuring in the BearingNEWS magazine. Besides the English print version, the magazine updates are published online in eight different languages at www.bearing-news.com.

Talking about why they became a member of EPTDA, Kenan Özcan, Executive Manager of BearingNEWS said, “We joined EPTDA to meet people and make new friends in the bearing and PT industry.”



EPTDA is the leading association for the industrial distribution channel in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, setting the highest commercial, environmental, social and ethical standards. EPTDA currently has a membership of 258 leading companies across more than 30 countries worldwide, which represent nearly 30 billion euros in annual sales volume and have over 250,000 employees. EPTDA’s mission is to strengthen its members in the industrial distribution channel to help them be successful, profitable and competitive in serving customers according to the highest standards. EPTDA takes great pride in its values, which focus on being a premier community for qualified members through open dialogue and mutual respect; acting with integrity, honesty and fairness; and ensuring continuous growth and learning.

















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