The American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc. (AFMA) is the trade association for U.S. companies that manufacture synthetic and cellulosic fibers. The industry employs 27,000 people and produces over six billion pounds of fiber in the United States. Annual domestic sales exceed $8 billion. The membership is limited to producers located in the United States that sell manufactured fiber in the open-market and firms with a significant commercial relationships to the sector. The Association maintains close ties to other manufactured fiber trade associations worldwide.
AFMA has been in continuous operation since 1933, when it was established as the Rayon Institute with headquarters in New York. As new fibers entered the market, the Association was renamed the Man-Made Fiber Producers Association. In 1970, operations were moved to Washington as the focus grew from promotion to include advocacy on a broad range of regulatory and international trade issues. The current name for the Association was adopted in 1988.
The Association’s Board of Directors is comprised of senior executives from each of AFMA’s member companies. Most AFMA programs are managed through committees and task groups of policy and technical experts from the companies. Permanent standing committees include the Trade and Statistics Committee, and the Technical Committee. The Technical Committee has task groups dealing with: Product Stewardship, Regulatory Affairs, Technical Communications, Toxicology, Product Flammability, and International Technical Affairs.
AFMA’s statistics division, the Fiber Economics Bureau (FEB), collects and publishes in depth industry and trade statistics on the U.S. and international manufactured fiber industry, provides analytical support on policy issues, as well publishes annually the World Directory of Manufactured Fiber Producers.