We’ve had a successful 2018 at PFERD, packed with projects and new developments. Between featured articles in leading trade magazines, attending industry trade shows, and expanding our North American portfolio with the introduction of new products, we’ve certainly kept busy over the last 12 months.
With the start of the new year, we’d like to share with you some notable highlights from our 2018.
Supplier of the Year
In October, PFERD was named NetPlus Alliance’s Supplier of the Year for 2017 at the group’s annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ. NetPlus Alliance is a buying group for industrial and contractor supplies with customers across the country, and this year’s “Power of Partnership” meeting theme emphasized the importance of channel relationships in industrial strategies and long-term success.
A preferred NetPlus supplier since the group’s inception in 2002, PFERD achieved the highest results on three key performance indicators: total growth of NetPlus purchases, new distributor counts, and same-store purchase growth.
During 2018, we enhanced our sales structure and focus by going from two sales regions to three. By realigning our sales structure to serve the West, Central, and East Regions, PFERD is able to deepen our relationships with customers with a continued focus on offering solutions that deliver optimum productivity and cost savings.
We introduced several new product offerings in North America, which were featured at the FABTECH 2018 show, with live demonstrations including:
- POLIVLIES® interleaved flap discs
- CC-GRIND®-STRONG grinding wheels
- CERAMIC SGP STEELOX 1/8” thickness grinding wheels
- OMNI cut carbide burs
- CERAMIC SG COMFORT hybrid grinding wheels
Tradeshows and Press
This year, PFERD was featured in two great articles in respected trade publications: “3 Ways to Reduce Fatigue Factor in Finishing” appeared in the November 2018 edition of The Fabricator, and “Deburring Automation” can be found in the August 2018 edition of FABSHOP Magazine Direct.
The PFERD team attended some of the most anticipated tradeshows in the metalworking industry this year, including FABTECH 2018. FABTECH is North America’s largest metalforming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event showcasing new technology, making it an ideal opportunity to introduce our new products. More than 35,000 visitors attended this year’s show, which featured over 1,500 exhibitors.
This year, PFERD also joined Instagram, check us out (@pferd_na). Instagram is a great platform for us to share snapshots of the latest at PFERD and more, and gives us a fresh, engaging way to further connect with our audience. We’ve also been partnering with influencers such as @ZHFabrications where you’ll see interesting and creative work utilizing PFERD products. PFERD products can also be seen on Weld.com, a popular educational resource teaching proper techniques and best practices in welding and fabrication applications.
Looking Ahead to 2019
Amid all our recent exciting developments, the PFERD team would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our partners and customers. We deeply value your loyalty and support, as it is what makes our company a success and is the reason we continue to grow. We will continue to provide exceptional service to those who we work with in 2019.
We’re currently preparing for several new developments that we’ll be rolling out in Q2 of 2019, and we look forward to sharing them with you.
PFERD manufactures a broad range of quality cutting tools and abrasives. We offer high-performing, safe, and innovative products and services for grinding, cutting, hand finishing, and specialty applications.