The European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA), an association for the industrial distribution channel in Europe, hosted another successful industry summit in Malta, welcoming more than 280 participants from around the world. The leading association continues to grow at a promising pace as it welcomed almost 63 first timers, nine non-member companies and 30 international guests from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Egypt, Japan, etc. EPTDA's Manufacturer Distributors Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX) sessions facilitated more than 750 individual meetings between manufacturers and distributors, highest ever in its history.
The association also hosted its first ever, "Next Generation" event at the convention, welcoming more than 40 young business potentials aiming to attract the future talent to invest, engage and get involved in the PT/MC industry. EPTDA's newly elected president, David Harrow, managing director of Godiva Bearings, says "We are extremely proud of the success of our association and the annual convention in Malta. The positive energy amongst the members, a strong belief in the benefits that we offer to them, and growing interest from other industry leaders to join us, signals that we are moving ahead on the road to recovery, and helping PT/MC leaders to grow profitably."
One of the most successful highlight of this year's convention was the "Company Visits" organized in cooperation with Malta Enterprise. The executive chairman of Malta Enterprise, Alan Camilleri, served as the guest of honor at the Annual Business Meeting and welcomed participants to explore the trade and economic strengths of Malta, a small but promising business hub which is already home to several multinational enterprises like Lufthansa Technik Malta Ltd, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, Methode Electronics, Hetronic Malta,Vodafone, and many more.
"Our aim is to add value to our members' business and help them succeed," says Hans Hanegreefs, executive vice president of EPTDA. "Malta boasts many achievements across numerous sectors including pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, electronics, maritime products, yacht services, biomedical equipment, aircraft maintenance and many other industries that are directly or indirectly related to the PT/MC industry. The "Company Visits" is another innovative initiative by EPTDA to share information and knowledge that can be vital to our members' business growth," Hanegreefs adds.