Historic Partnership – AMT & NAM

AMT and NAM Announce Historic Partnership to Promote the Importance of Manufacturing in the U.S. Economy

CEO and Former Governor Engler Delivering Keynote Address at the IMTS Emerging Technology Center

The Association For Manufacturing TechnologyMcLean, Va. . . .  AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology announced today that it is joining forces with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to promote the importance of manufacturing and innovation in the U.S. economy.  This historic partnership will bring the organizations together in support of the premier manufacturing technology show in the Americas – IMTS 2010 – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, sponsored by AMT and held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, September 13-18, 2010.

National Association of Manufacturers“AMT and NAM are two of the most important voices in the world of manufacturing today,” says Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT.  “Collectively, our members represent every stage of the production process – from the mind of the design engineer to the shop and factory floor to the global marketplace.  Together, we want to underscore the importance of a strong manufacturing sector to long-term economic growth and national security.  IMTS 2010 – the most important manufacturing event in America – is an ideal launching pad for our industry partnership.”

NAM’s President and CEO John Engler will give a keynote address in the Emerging Technology Center on day two of IMTS, September 14, 2010.  Mr. Engler will highlight how investment in innovation, technology and technical skills are critical to a strong U.S. manufacturing sector. The former Governor of Michigan will also provide insights on how the U.S. and states can create an economic climate that encourages innovation.

“We are pleased to partner with AMT on IMTS 2010, where companies will see the latest breakthroughs in manufacturing technology.  Innovation along with research and development has long helped manufacturing in the United States maintain its global leadership,” said John Engler, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.  “But while we continue to stand strong as the number one manufacturing economy in the world, we face strong competition from other countries.  We’ve recently released “A Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a More Competitive America” which provides a vision and clear plan for what policies lawmakers can adopt and advocate in order to keep manufacturing successful and competitive in an ever growing global marketplace.”

This, coupled with AMT’s Manufacturing Mandate calling for a federal policy of collaboration between government, industry and academia to place incentives on innovation and R&D in new products and manufacturing technologies; assure the availability of capital; increase global competitiveness; minimize structural cost burdens; and enhance and build a better educated and trained ‘smartforce,’ make a strong statement calling for action to support manufacturing.

IMTS 2010 is the place more than 92,000 industrial decision-makers come to get ideas and find answers to their manufacturing problems and challenges.  From the more than 1,100 exhibits focusing on manufacturing technology to the IMTS Industry & Technology Conference and the NIMS Student Summit, IMTS is all about educating manufacturing professionals from all over the world.

“IMTS attendees repeatedly tell us that they come to the show to learn, to network and to find new resources and innovative manufacturing technology resources,” says Mr. Woods.  “We are committing significant energy and resources to make the show, the conference and the Student Summit premier educational offerings available to the manufacturing industry.”

For additional information on IMTS 2010 and registering to attend, visit www.IMTS.com.

IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show
The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2010 will run September 13 – 18. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 92,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 116 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders’ Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry.  The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues.  It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members’ products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.

NAM – National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.  Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs.  For more information about the Manufacturers, visit www.nam.org.

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