US: The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has formed a new product group – the AEM Geospatial Industry Group. The group will serve manufacturers of various types of surveying/positioning systems such as GPS and GIS/LIS. Product groups in AEM provide a forum for manufacturers of similar equipments to discuss and take action on issues of mutual interest.
The new AEM Geospatial Industry Group is the result of a request from members of the Geomatics Industry Association of America (GIAA) to affiliate with AEM rather than operate as a separate organisation. GIAA members looked at various industry associations and chose AEM because of its broad range of services and high levels of customer service, according to the association.
GIAA had operated a statistical-reporting programme for product sales in the Western Hemisphere, and this will continue under AEM, with plans to expand coverage and number of participants for added value. The new AEM Geospatial Industry Group’s initial focus will also include issues related to regulatory, standards and specifications as well as increasing its membership.
“AEM product groups help manufacturers focus on business planning and development needs. This is an opportunity to use AEM’s extensive services to assist the geospatial industry reach more markets,” stated Paul Malek, AEM’s director of membership.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. AEM membership comprises more than 800 companies and 200-plus product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China; and a European presence in Brussels, Belgium.