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Power Transmission Distributors Association is...

the leading association for the power transmission/motion control industrial distribution channel, bringing together distributors and manufacturers.

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About | About the PT/MC Industry

About the PT/MC Industry

What are power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products?

Power transmission/motion control products drive machinery and are therefore found in virtually every industrial application. These products make machines move and accomplish the work for which they were designed. PT/MC products are found inside machines, factories, equipment--anywhere work is being done, you're likely to find PT/MC product. If you’ve ever watched the television shows “How It’s Made” or “How Do They Do It,” you’ve seen PT/MC products in action. Some of the larger markets for PT/MC products include machinery manufacturing, mining & natural resource extraction, food & beverage processing, forestry, agriculture and automotive manufacturing.

Products include:
  • Adjustable/variable speed drives
  • Bearings
  • Belt drives
  • Chain drives
  • Clutches and brakes
  • Conveyors and material handling components
  • Gearing
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Industrial specialty chemicals
  • Linear motion
  • Motors
  • Motor/motion control devices
  • Pumps
  • Shaft couplings and U-joints
According to the Power Transmission & Motion Control Market Size Report (developed exclusively for PTDA by Industrial Market Information, Inc., in 2013), the total estimated market for PT/MC products in North America is $67.7 billion. The U.S. total market size is $54 billion, Canada $6.4 billion, and Mexico $7.3 billion.

Distributors typically serve MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) and smaller OEM (original equipment manufacturer) markets while manufacturers concentrate on large volume OEM business. The total PT/MC distributor available market in North America, which excludes estimated sales direct to OEMs by manufacturers, is estimated at $44.1 billion, The U.S. market is $32.9 billion, Canada $5.4 billion, and Mexico $5.8 billion.