EPTDA hosted another successful and high-energy Annual Business Convention in Tenerife with nearly 300 delegates and guests from 34 countries around the world.

Watch the EPTDA Annual Convention 2019 Highlights Video


EPTDA Annual Conventions are known as the one and only and most trusted platform for senior leaders and decision-makers of the power transmission, motion control and industrial distribution industry. The association welcomed 34 First Timers from 17 new companies featuring 5 New Member Companies to its event.

2019 was also the highest-ever attendance from the USA companies with some 30+ delegates and guests.

The 2.5 days of an intense agenda was devoted to MD-IDEX (Manufacturer Distributor Idea Exchange B2B Business Development Workshops) and Leadership Meetings with the Board of Directors, Distribution Development Committee, Events & Education Committee, and Know Your Market Committee and the Manufacturer Council.

EPTDA launches Power Transmission Monthly Index

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Two of the biggest announcements at the 2019 Annual Business Convention were the much-awaited launch of Power Transmission Monthly Index (PTMI) in association with Redburn, and a new series of Material Handling Production Line Intelligence Report in collaboration with e-t2i associates.

EPTDA PLI on Material Handling – Voice of the Manufacturers

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The association continues its commitment to developing Future Leaders of the industry and recorded the highest-ever attendance of 41 delegates who took part in the executive networking and Committee work of the EPTDA. Future Leaders spend a day of evaluating and implementing the digitalization techniques under the mentorship of B2B Digital Commerce Strategist, Lennart A. Paul.

Signaling its firm commitment to promote Future Leaders and Gender Equality, for the first time in its history, EPTDA appointed Mrs Loretta Feasby as the Chairperson of Manufacturer Council. Loretta is the International Sales Director of Fenner Drives and has been part of the EPTDA since 2003 and a member of the Manufacturer Council since 2016 Over these years, she has made significant strategic contributions to the development and growth of EPTDA, serving as a solid ambassador of EPTDA globally.

EPTDA also announces the appointment of its 2019-2020 Board of Directors, as follows:


Zoltan Arkovics, Managing Director, BDI Europe Ltd.


Des Spillings, Managing Director, Acorn Industrial Services Ltd


Jan Friman, Director Business Development, YTM-Industrial Oy


Loretta Feasby, Director, International Sales, Fenner Drives


Frank Borgmann, Head of Channel Management Western Europe, Henkel


Roberto Cugnaschi, Vice General Manager, Mondial S.p.A.


Anthonosis Kouimtzis, CEO, KOUIMTZIS Group


Karel Kriebich Jr., Project Manager, CONTRA PRAHA s.r.o.


Luca Martelli, CEO TRM SRL


Moris Romi, CEO, RIMA SPA


Jim Halverson, Sales Manager, Van Meter Inc

EPTDA held a special recognition ceremony for the following members, for their countless efforts in shaping up EPTDA for over almost two decades. These members are now stepping down as the EPTDA Board of Directors:

  • Elisabeth Meister, CEO, Ludwig Meister GmbH & Co. KG
  • Meino Noordenbos, Former CEO, Rubix Benelux
  • Christoph Martin, Managing Director, Georg Martin GmbH

EPTDA also proudly announced the winners of its 2019 Best Ambassadors Awards as follows:

  • Mondial S.p.A. – Distributor Category
  • Ringfeder Power Transmission GmbH – Manufacturer Category
  • TPR International – Associate Category

These Winners are chosen annually based on the following criteria:

  • Overall ambassadorship, loyalty and commitment to EPTDA
  • Referral of new potential members to join EPTDA
  • Promotion of EPTDA logo on the website / traffic referral to eptda.org
  • Promotion of EPTDA at company’s sales and client events
  • Promotion of EPTDA Member Plaque in Client areas
  • Engagement with EPTDA social media activities
  • Promotion of EPTDA with internal audience and employees
  • Attendance at EPTDA Annual Business Conventions & other industry events
  • Contribution to EPTDA’s strategic roadmap and Leadership team, as a volunteer
  • Compliance and promotion of EPTDA ethical roadmap and responsible business activities


Keeping up with the expectations and reputation of bringing the most powerful influencers on its annual global stage as the keynote speaker – EPTDA welcomed Nicklas Bergman and Ramon Vullings to 2019 stage.

Nicklas Bergman – Founder Funder Futurist – the #Swedish venture capitalist gave a powerful performance, and took the 300+ decision makers of industrial automation industry on a renewed trend hunt: the global battle for your living room, social scores, new #energy #policies, #technology touching human #bodies, #geneticengineering, #autonomousdriving and much more – and its impact on our #future and our personal responsibility to ensure we look at #sustainability as a holistic cause.

This global influencer hailed the “Malcolm Gladwell of technology!” leads business development in emerging markets, IT, instrumentation, nanotechnology, computing, new materials and new media art, currently through close to 15 direct and indirect investments.

While the IDEA-DJ, Ramon Vullings helped turn EGO to LEGO. Ramon advocated why remixing ideas across-sectors and industries is not only smart, but the only strategy to thrive in a highly complex, increasingly competitive and digitally connected world. He also urged all industry leaders to focus on creating the ultimate ecosystem inspired by nature, understand the difference between a Customer and a Client, and the superb art of stealing best practices from the market. He teaches us to master copying the HOW not WHAT. To aim for a JACKPOT not a ROULETTE.

At the eve of its Grand Finale Dinner on one of the most picturesque backdrop, EPTDA and its members jointly donated a sum of €17,070 for its annual charity to Pequeño Valiente (“the Little Brave One”), during their Grand Finale Dinner. Pequeño Valiente was founded in 2006 by a group of parents on the Canary Islands, whose children are affected by cancer. The charity aims to provide families and children who have the disease all the necessary support in the best possible conditions, trying to improve the quality of life throughout the disease. EPTDA would like to recognize and extend a special thanks to the following members, who each made a very significant contribution.

“EPTDA continues to deliver on its vision of being the leading community in the EMEA region for industrial distribution, as recognized by customers. The incredible success of our 2019 Annual Business Convention is a great signal that we are progressing well on our mission to strengthen our members in the industrial distribution channel to be successful, profitable and competitive in serving customers according to the highest standards. With the launch of several new initiatives and facilitating an ever-more powerful dialogue, we are happy to report great progress on our objectives of Membership Growth, In-Person Networking, Content Development, External Relations & Collaboration. We are looking forward to welcoming all our 2019 delegates and new members to Warsaw next year (16-18 September),” comments Hans Hanegreefs, Executive Vice President & CEO of EPTDA.


EPTDA is the leading executive association for industrial distribution distributors and manufacturers across Europe, the Middle East & Africa, setting the highest commercial, environmental, social and ethical standards. Its mission is to advance distribution and strengthen members to be successful, profitable and competitive in a changing market environment. EPTDA vision is to be the leading community in the EMEA region for industrial distribution, as recognized by customers. EPTDA currently has a membership of more than 250 leading companies across 35 countries worldwide, working with some 313,000 employees and representing over €24 billion in annual revenues.

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