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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.

Survey Participation

Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) + PTDA Business Index

1Q18 survey opens March 30, 2018.

These reports provide industry-specific market trend information to validate or modify your business forecasts and sales efforts. Each report offers targeted management objectives to help you reduce risk and drive practical and profitable business decisions in any economic environment. 

Participation in PTDA surveys is easy and rewarding. Your participation means you will gain the aggregated results of the survey at no cost, whereas non-participants will need to purchase the results. New in 2018, participants will also receive a usable workbook (Excel) of the aggregated data to use for internal benchmarking models.

Survey Demo & View Sample Report

Check out a 30 minute tutorial with ITR Economist Connor Lokar as he walks through the SHOR + PTDA Business Index survey and then reviews each report, explaining how to interpret each report's graphics and trend analysis so you understand how to utilize these reports to modify your forecasts and business plans. 

How to Participate

Each quarter, ITR Economics will send an email with a company-specific URL link to the combined SHOR + PTDA Business Index survey to the main (or key) contact of your company or to the person that has been previously designated as your contact point for the survey. The email will include your company’s assigned username and password to access the survey and respective reports on a company-specific online platform.

For questions about who is receiving the PTDA SHOR + PTDA Business Index survey at your company, email ptda@ptda.org .

What You Provide to Answer SHOR Survey Questions:

Both distributors and manufacturers provide your company’s total global PT/MC sales for the current quarter and historical total sales for the same quarter in the prior year. Additionally, only manufacturers provide total sales for six specific product categories. Categories include:

  • bearings
  • motors
  • controls
  • gearing
  • conveyors/conveyor material handling equipment
  • hydraulics/pneumatics

(Note for Manufacturers: if your product line does not fall into one of the categories above, then just enter your Total Sales information.)

What You Provide to Answer PTDA Business Index Questions:

Simply provide your indication of change on the key indicators listed regarding your business in the recent quarter versus the previous quarter of the same year. No other data is needed. Key indicators include:

  • Business activity
  • New orders
  • Employment
  • Deliveries
  • Prices
  • Inventory
  • Backlog
  • End-user markets

2018 Survey Schedule

1Q18 Survey: opens March 30, 2018; closes April 24, 2018. Reports available May 11, 2018
2Q18 Survey: opens July 9, 2018; closes July 31, 2018. Reports available August 20, 2018.
3Q18 Survey: opens September 28, 2018; closes October 26, 2018. Reports available November 16, 2018.
4Q18 Survey: opens December 28, 2018, closes January 19, 2019. Reports available February 8, 2019.

ITR Economics will send a follow up email to your company’s contact once the report is available.

Reports  Available for Purchase

SHOR is available for purchase however reports are released to the public 90 days after distribution to survey participants. The most recent report is now available for public purchase.  

The most current PTDA  Business Index is available for public purchase