At GF AgieCharmilles, we believe that our responsibility goes beyond developing, manufacturing and marketing leading-edge EDM products. We're also committed to the future of the tooling and machining industry - making sure that the employees and shop owners of tomorrow have the tools and the training they need to get ahead today.
GF AgieCharmilles provides EDM to appropriate centers, colleges and training institutions at cost, or on special rental terms. We also support numerous industry organizations.
Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA)
The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) was established in 1963 by combining various trade associations to produce one strong organization to represent the "Tooling Industry".
The term "Tooling Industry" includes designing manufacturing - repairing or assembling for the purpose of selling tools, dies, moulds, jigs, fixtures, gauges, machinery, machining systems, robotics, automation equipment, models, patterns, general jobbing machine shop products and cutting tools. Restricting membership to manufacturers and industry suppliers as associate members has assured that the Association will always be devoted to Canadian manufacturing in the tooling and machining sectors.
International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA)
The International Special Tooling & Machining Association (ISTMA) is an international association representing 24 special tooling and machining associations throughout the world. Collectively, ISTMA member associations represent over 8,000 companies and over $40 billion U.S. dollars in annual sales. ISTMA World is in charge of the central coordination and organization of all international activities. United under this roof are the following regional sections:
ISTMA Asia / FADMA
For over twenty-five years, a firm partnership for stamping tools, die and mould making, precision machining, and special machines has evolved. Be it a toolmaker in Tokyo, a mould maker in Barcelona, a machinist in Canada, or a special machine builder in the United States, the industry associations, member companies, and employees benefit from ISTMA membership.
National Tooling & Manufacturing Association (NTMA)
GF AgieCharmilles donates the Grand Prize (valued at approximately $100,000) to the shop whose apprentice wins NTMA's technical Apprentice Contest.
We developed NTMA's Training Summit study which lays out the strategy for attracting America's youth to the metalworking industry.
We have helped NTMA develop and produce many informational, training and promotional materials - videos, posters, brochures, magazine inserts, a hiring survey and more. GF AgieCharmilles is a consistent sponsor of NTMA events, providing technology resources to keep the NTMA member companies informed about the latest 3- and 5-Axis HSM/HPM, EDM, and laser texturing technologies.
Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TMA)
GF AgieCharmilles makes its Lincolnshire Demonstration Center available each year to this Park Ridge, Illinois-based organization for several series of training courses for apprentices and other toolmakers.
American Mold Builders Association (AMBA)
This 35-year old organization is dedicated exclusively to the U.S. mold manufacturing industry. Through business management and educational programs, the AMBA helps to ensure a healthy future for both large and small member companies, resulting in quality molds built in America.
Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA)
The Precision Machined Products Association is an international trade association representing the interests of the precision machined products industry. Founded in 1933 (formerly the National Screw Machine Products Association) the association disseminates the latest technological advancements information, government regulations, benchmarking, business intelligence and management information to help its members stay ahead of the curve, ready to compete on a global scale.
Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
Founded in 1913, the Precision Metalforming Association is a full-service trade association leading its 1100 innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability. Resources, programs and services include public action, industry knowledge, networking, technical training, and business services.
Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI)
Founded in 1937, SPI promotes business development via a suite of commercial services and trade shows, fosters the sustainable growth of plastics in the global marketplace, provides industry representation in the public policy arena and communicates the industry’s contributions to society and the benefits of its products. SPI's member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers.