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Power Transmission Distributors Association is...

comprised of companies that distribute and manufacture the components that keep your world running smoothly.

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, updated in 2016 and 2020), the total estimated market for PT/MC products in North America is $79.5 billion. The U.S. total market size is $65 billion with Canada and Mexico at $7 billion each.

Distributors typically serve MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) and smaller OEM (original equipment manufacturer) markets while manufacturers concentrate on large volume OEM business.