Machinery makers, traders launch association

Top woodworking technology and machinery suppliers across the country have come together to set up the Indian Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ and Traders’ Association (IWMMTA), a non-profit association, for the professional advancement of the sector.

 

The mission of the IWMMTA is to represent the membership at the national and international levels, promoting and safeguarding the interests of its members and the woodworking industry in general.

Among the founding members are Altendorf, Biesse Manufacturing, Caple Industrial Solutions, Felder, Homag India, Jai Industries, Leitz Tools, Umisons and Woodtech Consultants.

Formal registration of the association is under process and the formalities should be completed by mid-March this year. The registered office will be in Bengaluru, but membership is open to manufacturers and traders of woodworking machinery across India.

The first formal meeting of the new association was held in Bengaluru recently where the executive committee was named. Mr Ashok DSouza will be the current President, Mr T. Gopi its Secretary, and Mr Suresh Balakrishnan the Treasurer.

For association and membership details, email ashok.dsouza@yahoo.com or gopi@woodtech.in.

Goals & Eligibility

The newly set up association aims to

•         Promote members in existing & potential new markets in India and abroad;

•         Disseminate information and participating in events of interest to members;

•         Facilitate dialogue between members companies and encourage best practices;

•         Collectively voice industry concerns to various Government agencies;

•         Assist in training & developing programmes for skilling workers;

•         Promote products of members by creating awareness in various forms.

Manufacturers, traders and importers of machine tools for woodworking, registered as companies in India are eligible to be members. Institutions, consultants and representatives of foreign companies not registered in India, but connected to the woodworking industry, are also eligible.

The membership categories will be Full Membership to machinery and tools manufacturers; Associate Membership to machinery and tools traders; and Honorary Membership to institutional entities.

The association will also assist in organising and co-ordinating educational visits to factories and fairs related to the industry in India and abroad; organise seminars and similar events to promote the products of its members; disseminate information on new technologies; and facilitate transfer through dealerships, joint ventures or collaborations.

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