AMT and NAM partner to promote manufacturing in the US

(July 7, 2010) — AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology will join forces with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to promote the importance of manufacturing and innovation in the U.S. economy. This partnership will bring the organizations together in support of the IMTS 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show, sponsored by AMT and held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, September 13-18, 2010. 

“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,” said Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT. 

NAM president and CEO John Engler will give a keynote address in the Emerging Technology Center on day two of IMTS, September 14, 2010. 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 federal U.S. and individual 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 Engler.  “But while we continue to stand strong as the number one manufacturing economy in the world, we face strong competition from other countries.”

NAM recently released “A Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a More Competitive America,” which details what policies lawmakers can adopt and advocate to keep manufacturing successful and competitive in a growing global marketplace. AMT has a 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.

For more information on the keynote and tradeshow, visit

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.

The National Association of Manufacturers represents manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.  For more information, visit


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