Industry News Archive

PTDA 2015 Membership Directory Is a Convenient Resource for Connecting with Decision-Makers in the Power Transmission/Motion Control Industry

Chicago, Ill.—May 11, 2015—The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has released its 2015 Membership Directory. The Directory is the ideal resource for connecting with the top decision-makers of the global power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. PTDA member companies distribute and manufacture products including motors, bearings, gears, belts,...

Power Transmission/Motion Control (PT/MC) Industry Shows Continued Growth in 1Q2015

Chicago, Ill.—May 8, 2015—The PTDA Business Index for 1Q2015 indicates slowing but continued positive growth. Reinforcing this positive outlook is the overall 1Q2015 PTDA Business Index reading of 67.7, a slightly higher reading than the 4Q2014 reading of 66.4. A deeper analysis shows distributors reported more positive...

China’s Car Industry….the Coming Crash!

“This is one of the most advanced and sustainable car factories in the world.” So declares Karsten Engel, chief executive of BMW China, as he greets visitors to his firm’s newish manufacturing facility in the grim north-eastern city of Shenyang. The plant, run by a joint venture with...

Timken Opens State-of-the-Art Gear Drive Manufacturing Facility in Houston

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; www.timken.com) announces the opening of a new, 27,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art gear drive manufacturing facility in Houston. An integral part of the Timken Power Systems group, the new plant will significantly improve production efficiencies in the manufacture of Philadelphia Gear® brand high-speed drives. A...

ICP Ambassador Reaches Young People Through Facility Tours

Chicago, Ill.—April 27, 2015—It stands to reason that to attract new, young employees to a company, it is crucial to first educate them about an industry. Restaurants, retail, banking, information technology, healthcare, advertising and other industries have done a good job of making young people aware of...

£1.6m job to replace 517 bearings on Grimsby’s flyover: Behind-the-scenes tour of 12-month project

Blood, sweat and tears have gone into the groundbreaking work being carried out at a flyover bridge in Grimsby, according to planners. The bearings on the Cleethorpe Road flyover are in the process of being replaced and the construction work has led to much traffic disruption in...

The CIA, the Cold War, Howard Hughes, and the Triple Ring Bearing

This has got to be one of my favourite bearing-innovation related stories to date. I remember a few years ago my Dad and I came across this story in a magazine (maybe National Geographic) and saw this picture of a humongous triple ring bearing, embedded in a...

IDC-USA… 70 preferred suppliers and still growing fast

For over 27 years, IDC-USA, a distributor-owned purchasing and marketing cooperative, has been connecting independent distributors to supplier partners in the bearing and power transmission industry. IDC-USA has more than 280 IDC Distributor locations nationwide and is partnered with more than 70 preferred suppliers and that number...

Graphalloy bearings cure breakage problems at Texas oil refinery

When a vertical turbine pump broke twice inside three years at a major US oil refinery, engineers knew there must be a major problem. Like many of its competitors, ExxonMobil operates a maintenance program aimed at running 10 years between major repairs at its 500,000 barrel per...

New tool helps reps gain insights about distributors

Channel Marketing Group has introduced a new program designed to help manufacturers representatives gain insight into the needs of distributors. Called “Uncover… For Manufacturer Reps,” the program is a proprietary distributor satisfaction survey that enables independent manufacturer rep agencies to solicit feedback from their distributors. The tool...