NEMA Partners with International Trade Administration to Increase U.S. Presence in IEC-Based Standards and Advanced Manufacturing

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ROSSLYN, Va., December 14, 2021—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has partnered with the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA) to host a virtual Advanced Manufacturing Summit. The goals of the summit are to grow U.S. leadership in International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)-based Standards and use more Advanced Manufacturing (AM) systems in newly industrialized countries.

NEMA received an award through the ITA Market Development Cooperator Program to sponsor the Summit, which will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 9 and 10.

“Congratulations to NEMA for receiving a 2021 Market Development Cooperator Program award,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said. “NEMA’s work will help U.S. companies to increase exports of Advanced Manufacturing Systems and train the technical experts needed to properly lead AMS-related technical committees.”

Advanced Manufacturing Products and Systems—sometimes called “Industry 4.0” or “Smart Manufacturing”—increase productivity, quality, reduce energy use, and enable manufacturers to better monitor their supply chains, which is essential to improving manufacturing resiliency.

The NEMA Advanced Manufacturing Summit will explore ways in which manufacturers can examine and remove barriers to adopting Advanced Manufacturing Systems and begin developing a roadmap to address those challenges. The ITA award also encourages U.S. leadership in IEC-based Standards and the use of AM systems in newly industrialized countries, including Mexico, India, Turkey, and Indonesia. Additionally, business leaders and technical experts will reveal the areas of Advanced Manufacturing that would offer the most benefit and create a channel to monitor progress.

“By involving commercial leaders in the discussion, we ensure the completed work has tangible benefits for manufacturers and end-users,” said Megan Hayes, Sr. Technical Director of NEMA.

Provided courtesy of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association

Through the continued partnership with ITA, NEMA will identify qualified experts, provide necessary training, and influence Standards to align with U.S. interests. The award allows NEMA to offset participant travel expenses, including hosting several trade missions.

To register for the free summit, please click here.


The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries account for 370,000 American jobs in more than 6,100 facilities covering every state. These industries produce $130 billion in shipments and $38 billion in exports of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year.

Provided courtesy of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association


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