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

Events | Industry Summit | MD-IDEX

Industry Summit

October 23-26, 2019
JW Marriott Austin
Austin, Texas

MD-IDEX: Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange

Saturday, October 26
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

View the current list of MD-IDEX Exhibitors
It has been brought to our attention that some of our members have been contacted by a third party attempting to sell the MD-IDEX list. Unfortunately, this has become an issue that the meetings industry is facing across the board. We have been in contact with the supplier and have requested they cease all communication with our membership and the use of MD-IDEX. Be assured PTDA keeps all the attendee list details in the secure members-only area of our website.

What is MD-IDEX?

The Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX) offers a time- and cost-effective method for distributors and manufacturers to have multiple opportunities to meet face-to-face, in just a few hours. Consistently rated as one of the most important elements of the PTDA Industry Summit for both distributors and manufacturers, MD-IDEX provides a unique opportunity for one-on-one, strategic-level discussions with senior management of current and potential channel partners.
The structure of MD-IDEX blends scheduled appointments and open unscheduled time, giving all participants an opportunity to get business done at the Industry Summit.


How Does It Work?

Think of it as speed networking.

  • PTDA manufacturer member companies reserve booth space in MD-IDEX.

  • Distributors have the ability to pre-schedule up to seven 20-minute appointments with exhibiting manufacturers using the online appointment scheduler.

  • Four 20-minute time slots are reserved for exhibiting manufacturers to pre-schedule appointments with distributor companies attending the Industry Summit. Manufacturers may also pre-schedule appointments in any of the seven time slots not already reserved by the distributor, for the potential of up to eleven scheduled appointments.

  • One 20-minute unscheduled time slot provides an opportunity for distributors wishing for a less formal time to connect with suppliers.

What is the Schedule?

8:00-8:20 a.m. Distributor Scheduled Appointment
8:20-8:40 a.m. Distributor Scheduled Appointment
8:40-9:00 a.m. Manufacturer Scheduled Appointment
9:00-9:20 a.m. Distributor Scheduled Appointment
9:20-9:40 a.m. Manufacturer Scheduled Appointment
9:40-10:00 a.m. Open/Browse (unscheduled)
10:00-10:20 a.m. Distributor Scheduled Appointment
10:20-10:40 a.m. Distributor Scheduled Appointment
10:40-11:00 a.m. Manufacturer Scheduled Appointment
11:00-11:20 a.m. Distributor Scheduled Appointment
11:20-11:40 a.m. Manufacturer Scheduled Appointment
11:40a.m.-12:00 p.m. Distributor Scheduled Appointment

How Do I Participate?

For Manufacturers:
Only PTDA manufacturer and associate members with a reserved booth are allowed to enter the MD-IDEX booth session.

  1. Reserve your booth to maximize your opportunity to meet with distributors at MD-IDEX at the PTDA 2019 Industry Summit. Download the MD-IDEX policies for more information.
  2. Register your team for the Industry Summit (all firms reserving a booth at MD-IDEX must have at least one executive at the national decision-making level at MD-IDEX).
  3. Watch the "Making MD-IDEX Work for You (for Manufacturers)" to learn how to schedule appointments and make the most of your meetings.
  4. From September 25-October 9, use the online MD-IDEX Appointment Scheduler to schedule four 20-minute appointments with registered distributor companies. Exhibiting manufacturers may also schedule appointments in any distributor time slot not already reserved by them with another exhibitor.
  5. Prepare for your MD-IDEX appointments using the Manufacturer Worksheet for Distributor Meetings.
Manufacturer Deadlines-at-a-Glance:
June 28 Reserve Booth
August Outreach to distributors to encourage them to
schedule appointments with you
September 9 Download attendee list and make decisions about
who to meet with
September 11-20 Review list of distributors who
schedule appointments with you
September 25-
October 9
Schedule appointments with distributors

For Distributors:

  1. Register your team for the Industry Summit.
  2. Download the MD-IDEX Exhibitor Directory to make a plan for which exhibitors you'd like to meet.
  3. Watch the "Making MD-IDEX Work for You (for Distributors)" to learn how to schedule appointments and make the most of your meetings.
  4. From September 10-20 use the online MD-IDEX Appointment Scheduler to schedule up to seven 20-minute appointments with exhibiting manufacturers.
  5. Prepare for your MD-IDEX appointments using the Distributor Worksheet for Manufacturer Meetings.

Distributor Deadlines-at-a-glance

August 20 Download exhibitor list and develop priority list
for appointments
September 10-20 Schedule appointments
October 11 Review final appointment schedule

To get a sense of MD-IDEX, watch the video: