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Power Transmission Distributors Association is...

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

Survey Participation

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

2Q20 survey opens July 6 and closes August 7. Reports available August 28.

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. Participants will also receive a usable workbook (Excel) of the aggregated data to use for internal benchmarking models.

How to Participate

To confirm your company is on ITR Economics' SHOR/BI survey email distribution list and/or to change who at your company should receive the survey and reports at your company, email your inquiry to PTDA at ptda@ptda.org.

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 your company's self-designated survey contact. The email will include your company’s assigned username and password to access the survey and respective reports on a company-specific online platform. Once the reports are available, ITR Economics will notify our company's survey contact via email with your company-specific report link and log-in information.

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
  • belt and chain drives
(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

Survey Demo & View Sample Report

Check out a 30 minute tutorial with ITR Economics 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. 

Survey Schedule

2Q20 Survey: opens July 6, 2020, closes August 7, 2020. Reports available August 28, 2020.
3Q20 Survey: opens October 5, 2020, closes November 6, 2020. Reports available November 27, 2020.
4Q20 Survey: opens Janury 4, 2021, closes February 5, 2021. Reports available February 26, 2021.

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

Reports  Available for Purchase

The most current SHOR is available for public purchase. 
The most current PTDA  Business Index is also available for public purchase