Council of Manufacturing Associations

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NAM Council of Manufacturing Associations

With a membership including 260 national manufacturing trade associations representing 130,000 companies worldwide, the CMA creates partnerships across the industry, amplifies manufacturers’ voices, and connects members to experts and trade association executives. CMA members gain insights, share perspectives, form coalitions, and ensure manufacturers have a strong voice in national policy.


CMA Member Benefits

Members of the Council of Manufacturing Associations receive a range of exclusive benefits that can’t be found anywhere else. 

Access — CMA connects you with hundreds of CEOs, executives, decision makers and thought leaders who have knowledge, solutions and influence in manufacturing.

A Strategic PartnerCMA provides access to NAM staff for keynotes and speaking engagements, helps you build strategic alliances, and even offers its own office space just blocks away from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for meetings with legislative influencers.

Advocacy – CMA is your advocate on a range of issues, creating opportunities to get involved with policy and legislation affecting the manufacturing industry.

Legal SupportThrough the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action – the leading voice for manufacturing in the courts – the CMA provides legal advice, industry litigation, and coalition-building services to fight against unreasonable regulatory burdens and to support you in human resource management.

Professional Development – Engage with other association CEOs while accessing valuable professional development opportunities, and share knowledge and expertise through CMA leadership conferences.

Newsletters and Alerts – Be among the first to know when news impacting the manufacturing sector breaks. Timely publications, reports, alerts and briefs from the NAM, like the Monday Economic Report, Input and Global Manufacturing Economic Update, provide the vital information you need to lead your association today and into the future.

EventsGet access to experts and programming that can help ensure your association’s future and positively impact your bottom line.


Leaders convene at a Council of Manufacturing Associations meeting.

CMA 2019 Best Places To Work

Congratulations to this year’s NAM CMA’s Best Places To Work organizations.

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Upcoming Events

2019 Summer Leadership Conference (August 7-9, 2019) – Belmond Charleston Place, Charleston, SC

2020 Winter Leadership Conference (January 7-9, 2020) – The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, West Palm Beach, FL