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LMA expands services to the decorative laminating industry.

Compiling accurate supply statistics, generating voluntary standards and publishing a Source of Supply Directory and Glossary of Terms are three of the primary functions of the Laminating Materials Association.

Organization

The Laminating Materials Association is an organization to which diverse companies belong. At the core are manufacturers and importers (Reporting Members) of decorative overlays, who provide vital shipment statistics about the products they sell. In all of North America, only three nonmember companies fail to participate in the annual collection of information. All the others, members and nonmembers alike, work with the LMA to provide the finest and most complete information available about a dynamic and growing industry.

The need for accurate and timely statistics about the use of decorative overlays was the motivating force that led to the creation of the organization in 1985. The initial membership was made up almost exclusively of producers and importers of overlays. As time has gone on, and the services offered by the LMA have expanded, a large group of Associate Members have seen the benefits of belonging and have added their strength to the group. As will be seen in the Product Finder Section of this insert, the LMA now has a fine representation of adhesive manufacturers, substrate suppliers, equipment producers, and custom laminators.

In 1987, the LMA became the representative organization for all edgebanding in North America. As a result, it now can boast a growing number of suppliers of edgebanding materials.

The seven overlays for which the LMA is responsible are:

* Vinyl films (including wrapping films)

* Thermoformed overlays (primarily vinyls)

* Low basis weight papers

* Foils

* Saturated papers

* Continuous laminates

* Heat transfer foils

The annual statistics collected by the Association subdivide the various products according to:

* Woodgrain, decorative, and solid color

* Wall paneling versus all other manufacturing

* Basis weight of papers

* Type of vinyl film

* Resin system of saturated papers

* Unimpregnated, preimpregnated, and postimpregnated foils

Membership

There are two classes of membership in the Laminating Materials Association.

A REPORTING MEMBER is a company or individual manufacturing and/or importing one or more of the products covered by the Association. A Reporting Member is expected to report production and/or import statistics. A company or individual fulfilling these qualifications is entitled to vote for the Directors of the Association and on all matters pertaining to the operation of the Association.

An ASSOCIATE MEMBER is a company or individual having a product or service related to the materials produced by Reporting members. This includes substrates (particleboard, hardboard, MDF, etc.); adhesives (hot melts, water/solvent based, and epoxies); laminating equipment, etc. Laminators, equipment manufacturers, and others may also be Associate Members.

The Association has a single dues structure for all members. Dues for the 1991-1992 fiscal year (November 1 to October 31) are $400.

Members are entitled to a copy of the Annual Statistical Report, one or more listings in the Association's Source of Supply Directory, inclusion in this Annual Magazine Insert, and participation in any activity undertaken by the Association.

LMA -- goals

The goals of the Laminating Materials Association have grown and changed as the organization has matured. The primary goal will always be:

* To provide accurate statistical information on the total North American supply of decorative overlays, with the exception of HPL.

Over time, other goals have been identified and achieved by the LMA:

* A Source of Supply Directory listing the products and services of its members.

* A Glossary of Terms of the laminating industry to promote better understanding and a common use of laminating terms.

* Voluntary product standards covering the overlays and edgebanding materials represented by the Association.

Source of Supply Directory

The Association maintains a current Source of Supply Directory, which allows members firms to list the products they offer. Although some members do not avail themselves of this free listing, the majority do. The Directory is available to anyone FREE OF CHARGE. (Circle #248 on Reader Service Card.)

Glossary of Terms

The Laminating Materials Association, in an effort to arrive at some standardization of terms used within the laminating industry, produced a Glossary of Terms in 1987. This Glossary received wide circulation and was published in its entirety by a number of trade magazines, and has been featured in previous Laminating User's Guides.

In an effort to provide further help and understanding about the field of laminating, the Association has expanded the Glossary to include most types of laminating and edgebanding equipment. The new section on equipment is printed in its entirety in this insert.

Since the equipment section is new, the LMA invites comments from any reader who feels the definitions need expanding, clarification, etc. Please feel free to write us at Association headquarters about your ideas. Anyone wishing a FREE copy of the entire Glossary of Terms should circle Reader Service Card #249.

Product standards

The Laminating Materials Association has generated eight voluntary product standards. The three edgebanding standards were published in the 1990 Laminating User's Guide. The standards for vinyl films and low basis weight papers were printed last year. The new standard for decorative foils will be found in this year's Laminating User's Guide. The new standard for thermoformed overlays will appear next year.

By the August IWF Show, the Association will have completed work on all the voluntary standards. At that time the Association will publish a single reference volume containing every standard produced by the LMA, as well as the Permalam standard which will be included with permission of the American Laminators Association. The book will be available for sale to anyone wanting the test and other informational data. The anticipated price schedule, which includes postage and handling, is:
 Member Non-member
Product Cost Cost
Vinyl films $4.00 $6.00
Low basis $4.00 $6.00
weight papers
Decorative $4.00 $6.00
foils
Thermoformed $4.00 $6.00
overlays
Heat transfer $4.00 $6.00
foils
Edgebanding $2.00 $2.50
materials
Complete $15.00 $22.50
standards book


For more information about the Association and the benefits of membership, circle Reader's Service Card #250 or write:

George M. Carter, President

Laminating Materials Association

767 Park Avenue

Oradell, NJ 07649

Phone: 201-265-7766

Fax: 201-262-7303

LMA SETS ANNUAL MEETING

The Laminating Materials Association holds its one annual meeting during the second week of November each year. In 1992 the meeting will be held at the La Mansion del Rio Hotel, on the river walk in San Antonio, Texas from November 11 through 13. There is a welcoming reception on Wednesday night, followed by a day and a half of meetings. A western barbecue will be featured on Thursday night.

The meeting features noted speakers, panel discussions, and a breakfast meeting for all on Thursday. There is an active program for spouses, plus recreation for those who are interested.
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Author:Carter, George M.
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Date:Jun 1, 1992
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