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The Composites Fabricators Association (CFA) officially switched over to its new name, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) at the opening of its annual trade show and convention, COMPOSITES 2003. This is the second name change for the organization in its 24-year history.
“ACMA thrives as an organization because we are willing to change with the times,” said Richard Morrison, ACMA’s President of the Board of Directors. “In 1991, we recognized that the composites industry was no longer only about fiberglass, so we changed our name from the Fiberglass Fabricators Association to CFA. Today, terminology as well as roles are changing in the composites industry, and we have found that the word ‘manufacturers’ encompasses more of our industry than the word ‘fabricators.’”
The association’s leadership believes the new wording will put the focus on the entire spectrum of composites professionals involved in making finished composites products.
While ACMA is the largest composites manufacturing association in the world, ACMA’s leadership also chose to highlight the organization’s focus on North America and more specifically, the United States.
“A large part of what we do is work with federal and state law makers to help shape regulations and legislation that impact our industry. While we do have an international membership base, our lobbying efforts are primarily focused on the U.S., and we felt our name should reflect that,” said Missy Henriksen, Executive Director of ACMA. “Our non-U.S. members are able to take advantage of our broad range of benefits, and we hope that they are also able to take the work we have done at the U.S. level in cooperation with legislators and regulators and use the outcomes in their own nations.”
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