Launched in November 2019 by Sintavia, the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association aka AMGTA aims to promote the environmental benefits of Additive Manufacturing over traditional methods of manufacturing.
The association announced today the appointment of Sherry Handel as its first Executive Director.
“Sherry’s self-starter drive and nonprofit management knowledge—coupled with years of experience building and growing startup organizations—make her well positioned to lead our trade association going forward. We founded the AMGTA because too often in additive manufacturing we focus on the cost and time benefits of the technology, and do not equally consider the very real environmental benefits of AM over traditional manufacturing. These benefits include improved end use design utility and improved industrial ecology of the fabrication process itself. The AMGTA’s purpose is to raise awareness of these benefits within end market segments, in order to accelerate the adoption rate of the technology. Sherry brings the talent, passion for sustainability, as well as the background and experience required, to execute on the AMGTA’s mission and grow the organization. In her short time here, she has really hit the ground running”, said Brian Neff, Chairman of the AMGTA Board of Directors.
As Executive Director of the AMGTA, Ms. Handel will focus on educating the public and industry about the positive environmental benefits of additive manufacturing, promote the adoption of additive manufacturing as an alternative to traditional manufacturing, develop best practices for additive manufacturing, and help the organization’s members grow their businesses and acquire new customers. Through Ms. Handel’s leadership, the AMGTA will engage in marketing and advertising campaigns, sponsor and conduct research and publish the results, and grow the organization’s membership.
As a reminder, the non-commercial, unaffiliated organization is open to any manufacturer that meets the following basic criteria:
- Has generated the majority of its manufacturing revenue through AM over the most recent fiscal year.
- Has adopted proactive internal policies relating to waste reduction and operational sustainability.
- Is a member of the Green Business Bureau or another similar certifying agency.
- Is willing to actively participate in the advancement and non-commercial promotion of the environmental benefits of AM within end markets and with the general public as a whole.
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