These Associations offer a wealth of information about manufacturing. Typically, the membership of an Association is comprised of the leading companies engaged in the specific manufacturing areas of the Association’s realm of interest. The diversity of these Associations gives you the opportunity to explore these different areas of manufacture in greater depth.

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. is a trade association composed of 10 car and light truck manufacturers with about 600,000 employees at more than 250 facilities in 35 states. Alliance members account for more than 90% of U.S. vehicle sales. Formed in 1999, the Alliance serves as a leading advocate group for the automobile industry on a range of public policy issues. Open to all car and light truck manufacturers, this industry association is especially committed to improving the environment and motor vehicle safety. Through the Alliance, members are able to convey this commitment as well as the industry's accomplishment and its positions to the public, government, media and other interested parties.


AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology was founded in 1902 as the National Machine
Tool Builders' Association. In 1902, metal working machine tools were about the only machines in manufacturing. Today, machine tools share the stage with six electronically-driven technologies - design, handling, assembly, inspection, testing and communications and control. Thus, in 1988 AMT broadened its scope to serve the manufacuring systems industry and made membership available to every U.S. company that manufactures machinery, related equipment, products or software used in the
process of manufacturing discrete durable goods. AMT promotes better understanding of the industry among key publics, provides latest information on technical developments and training methods, fosters higher safety and technical standards, disseminates information about world markets, among many
other educational and advocacy services to its members.

The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) is a national trade organization that includes the full spectrum of U.S. manufacturers, representing more than 80% of the $430 billion electronics industry. The Alliance is a partnership of electronic and high-tech associations and companies whose mission is promoting the market development and competitiveness of the U.S. high-tech industry through domestic and international policy efforts. EIA, headquartered in Arlington, Va., comprises more than 2,500 member companies whose products and services range from the smallest electronic components to the most complex systems used by defense, space and industry, including the full range of consumer electronic products. The industry provides 1.8 million jobs for American workers.

material handling & logistics providers. Members are material handling and
logistics equipment, systems and software manufacturers; consultants;
systems integrators and simulators; third party logistics providers and
publishers. MHIA sponsors trade events, to both showcase the products and
services of its member companies and to provide material handling
educational opportunities. Increased productivity through better material
handling and logistics-that is the mission of the MHIA.

NACFAM, the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing is an industry led, non-profit education, research and services organization committed to enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of U.S. based manufacturing. Since its founding in 1989, NACFAM has built a unique, public-private community of over 1500 corporations, 20 national trade associations and 350 non-profits (federal labs, university research centers, industrial research consortia, technical and community colleges and manufacturing extension partnerships) that offer productivity-enhancing services to manufacturing.


The National Association of Manufacturers
is the nation’s largest industrial trade association. The NAM represents 14,000 members (including 10,000 small and mid-sized companies) and 350 member associations serving manufacturers and employees in every industrial sector and all 50 states. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAM has 10 additional offices across the country. It’s research and education arm is The Manufacturing Institute.

is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electroindustry manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 400 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Domestic shipments of electrical products within the NEMA scope exceed $100 billion." The Industrial Automation Control Products and Systems Section of NEMA is actively involved in national and international development of automation and control standard. NEMA industrial automation and control standards are available for complementary downloading via the NEMA website.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. The industry invested more than $30 billion in 2001 in discovering and developing new medicines. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures.

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the premier trade association representing the U.S. microchip industry. SIA member companies comprise 85 percent of U.S. semiconductor production and employ domestic workforce of more than 270,000. The SIA provides a forum for domestic semiconductor companies to work collectively to advance the competitiveness of the $70 billion U.S. chip industry. SIA web address: www.sia-online.or

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