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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.

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 and updated in 2016), the total estimated market for PT/MC products in North America is $70.4 billion. The U.S. total market size is $56.7 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 $46.5 billion. The U.S. PT/MC distributor available market is $35.3 billion, Canada $5.4 billion, and Mexico $5.8 billion.