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There are a number of trade associations within the steel and manufacturing sector that offer support for members and the industry in general. They are concerned not only with representing the interests of their members, but maintaining and advancing research and development, training and standardisation.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers  
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is dedicated to bringing people and information together to advance manufacturing knowledge. We are internationally recognized by manufacturing practitioners, companies and other organizations as their source for information, education, and networking.We support manufacturers from all industries and job functions through our events and technical and professional development resources. A firm workforce development supporter, SME invests heavily in manufacturing education.

British Coatings Federation
The British Coatings Federation (BCF) is the sole trade association for the decorative, industrial and powder coatings, printing inks and wallcoverings manufacturing industry in the UK. It represents a total market in the UK of 2.2 billion.

Society of Automotive Engineers
The Society of Automotive Engineers has more than 84,000 members - engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 97 countries - who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. SAE is your one-stop resource for standards development, events, and technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association US Based
MEMA exclusively represents and serves manufacturers of motor vehicle components, tools and equipment, automotive chemicals and related products used in the production, repair, and maintenance of all classes of motor vehicles.
MEMA offers its members superior global intelligence, leading-edge market research, international business support, government representation, industry networking and commercial services

Institute of Spring technology UK Based
The Institute of Spring Technology (IST) is the UK based unique centre of excellence for all kinds of spring research, offering a wide range of products and services to the spring industry supply chain, as well as non-spring components.
All companies involved in; the manufacture of all spring types, spring end users, spring material, machinery and consumable suppliers, as well as any other company within the spring industry supply chain both UK and World-Wide can benefit from our specialist technical services and research facilities.


The Fastener and engineering research association UK Based
FERA is a global pioneering professional organisation for engineers and designers involved in the specification of fasteners, the installation of mechanical fasteners, the use of adhesives and involvement in application joint design. FERA provides engineers and designers from major OEMs with their own professional organisation. Members include individual engineers and designers with proven experience in manufacturing, creating a global-wide network of professional expertise.

Steel Construction Research
The Steel Construction Institute (SCI) is an independent, member-based organisation. It is probably the world's largest research and technical organization supporting the use of steel in construction.

UKSMA UK Spring Manufacturers Association

WMCCM West Midlands Collaborative Commerce Marketplace
WMCCM aims to increase sales and lower costs through providing easy access to the core competences and capabilities of SMEs.

PMA Precision Metal Forming Association
PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $41-billion metalforming industry of North America-the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating and other value-added processes. Its nearly 1,200 member companies include metal stampers, fabricators, spinners, slide formers and roll formers as well as suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. Members are located in 30 countries, with the majority found in North America―in 41 states of the United States as well as Canada and Mexico


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