The EMEA Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) will welcome over 425 delegates and guests from 200+ leading PT/MC companies across 35 countries, and 100 new faces at its 2018 Annual Convention in London, to be held 26-28 September.

“London marks a significant new milestone. We are so pleased to break all our past records and host over a thousand face-to-face business meetings through our signature MD-IDEX and D2D-IDEX business development platforms,” said Hans Hanegreefs, Executive Vice-President of EPTDA. “In an era of high-speed digitalisation and artificial intelligence, EPTDA annual conventions dare to showcase the value of personal human interactions to drive business. We believe in the power of networking and have put together a high-energy programme for all our delegates that will inspire learning, and promote best practice-sharing and ways of embracing the digital revolution for better customer service adds . The UK remains an important source and feeder market for the global PT/MC industry. Choosing London for our 2018 Annual Convention – amid the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and the EU – was a conscious decision by EPTDA’s leaders. As a leading association in EMEA and around the world, we want to emphasise the importance of business opportunities over politics for our members and keep our tight-knit community united.’’, said Hans Hanegreefs, EPTDA’s Executive Vice-President.

Besides a new five-year strategic roadmap, EPTDA will also launch its new Production Line Intelligence Report (PLI) on the automotive industry. This is the third in a series of intelligence reports offering meaningful insights into applications for PT/MC products in global industries, putting the focus on market expansion and business development reach.

The Association’s leaders will also underline the importance of its Antitrust Policy statement – guidelines for recommended best practices regarding the relationship between distributors and manufacturers, exchange of information, data format, and timelines of information delivery and change notifications.

This year’s keynote address features Hamish Taylor, who will put his own special twist on understanding “Trains, Planes and… Toilet Cleaners”. Hamish is an award-winning CEO and now an inspirational speaker/broadcaster whose career has taken him from international consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble, consultancy firm Price Waterhouse and British Airways to become CEO of the Channel Tunnel railway Eurostar, and then Sainsbury’s Bank…all before he was 40.

The NexGen – EPTDA’s Future Leaders – seminars will focus on “Digital Leadership in Industrial Markets”, hosted by Daniel Nill, Tom Gale and Lennart Paul. Two additional Executive Seminars will feature renowned thought leaders Marco Bertini on “Selling and Capturing Value in the Market” and Ian Heller on “The New Digital Imperative for Distributors”. A joint panel discussion with all speakers will be moderated by Cathy Smith.

EPTDA’s paperless commitment will continue in London, with all delegates and partners receiving vital information, updates, meeting alerts and other documents through the EPTDA London 2018 Convention App.

This year’s chosen charity for the Gala Dinner is Richard House Children’s Hospicewhich supports children and their families in East London to lead as happy a life as possible when dealing with a life-limiting or life-threatening health condition.

A bespoke Spouse & Partner programme has been designed to ensure that our guests get to see the very best-kept secrets of this beautiful city.

The Grand Finale of the EPTDA 2018 Annual Convention will be hosted at the magnificent Science Museum, with an after-party at the Hilton Hotel’s Sky 23 Rooftop Bar.

EPTDA is also pleased to reveal that its 2019 Annual Convention will take place on the Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain, from 25-27 September at the Ritz-Carlton Abama Hotel. More information will soon be available at


EPTDA is the leading association for the PT/MC industrial distribution channel in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), setting the highest commercial, environmental, social and ethical standards. EPTDA currently has a membership of 258 leading companies in over 35 countries across EMEA. Its membership represents more than 26 billion euros in annual sales volume and 300,000 employees. The Association’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.