Several decades ago, the United States began to see its competitive edge being eroded by overseas initiatives in the manufacturing sector. The U.S. Government, along with existing associations and organizations sought to boost U.S. capacities and capabilities to compete in the burgeoning world market.

These efforts resulted in a resurgence of the U.S. economy and re-establishment of the U.S. as a global leader in industry.

Many smaller companies take advantage of association membership to learn about new proceedures, products and resources. In addition, many of these organizations offer substantial savings on supplies and equipment by pooling buying power.



Trade Associations and Organizations

Asian American Manufacturers Association: The AAMA promotes the growth and success of U.S. technology manufacturing and related enterprises throughout the Pacific Rim.

Best Manufacturing Practices Center of Excellence: Begun in 1985 to help businesses by identifying, researching and promoting exceptional manufacturing practices, methods and proceedures in design, test, production, facilities, logistics and management, the BMPCE's main goal is to increase the quality, reliability and maintainability of goods produced by American firms with a commitment to strengthening the U.S. industrial base.

Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing - International: CAM-I is an international consortium of companies, consultancies and academics who have elected to work cooperatively in a pre-competitive environment to solve problems that are common to the group.

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: First presented in 1988, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award has become the nation's premier award for business performance excellence and quality achievement. The Baldrige Award program was established by Congress in 1987 not only to recognize individual U.S. companies for their achievement but also to promote quality awareness and to provide information on successful performance and competitiveness strategies.

Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory: at the National Institute of Standards and Technology serves as a central research laboratory for manufacturing infrastructure technology, measurements, and standards. We provide industry-needed manufacturing engineering tools, interface standards, manufacturing systems architectures, and traceability.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership: MEP is a nationwide network of more than 70 not-for-profit Centers whose sole purpose is to provide small and medium-sized manufacturers with the help they need to succeed. The Centers, located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, are linked together through the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

National Center for Manufacturing Sciences: A not-for-profit collaborative research consortium of North American corporations. The largest cross-industry consortium in the United States, NCMS is backed by some 175 member companies, an annual R&D project portfolio exceeding $80 million, and a ten-year track record in the successful performance of complex, multi-partner manufacturing technology programs.

National Institute of Standards and Technology: The National Institute of Standards and Technology was established by Congress "to assist industry in the development of technology ... needed to improve product quality, to modernize manufacturing processes, to ensure product reliability ... and to facilitate rapid commercialization ... of products based on new scientific discoveries."

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): The mission of OSHA is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers. OSHA and its state partners establish protective standards, enforces those standards, and reaches out to employers and employees through technical assistance and consultation programs.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers: SME, headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.A., is an international professional society dedicated to serving its members and the manufacturing community through the advancement of professionalism, knowledge, and learning.

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