The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) has launched the Green Manufacturing Award.
The award will recognize the best innovation or novel solutions by a manufacturer in the trailer industry to positively impact the environment, according to a news release. This could be defined in many areas including material utilization, design advancement, process or equipment improvements, reduction in emissions, recyclable, etc.
NATM generally focuses on the commercial, cargo and equestrian trailer business as well as some RV manufacturers.
The NATM has partnered with PPG Industries Inc., which has pledged to be a founding sponsor. Their initial financial support reflects PPG’s commitment to improving the environment. Other sponsors are welcome to join the effort. The trailer manufacturing industry has many opportunities to support “Green” initiatives and in our current political environment, there are many opportunities for government support as well as tax incentives.
NATM formally announced its Green Manufacturing Award during the 2010 Annual Convention and Trade Show in Reno, Nev., in March. The application for the Green Manufacturing Award is available on the NATM website. The first award will be presented at the 2011 NATM Annual Convention & Trade Show to recognize “Green” improvements during the 2010 calendar year.
Criteria for the award include being an NATM trailer manufacturing member in good standing and providing verifiable documentation of a “Green” initiative or improvement at their manufacturing plant. NATM trailer manufacturing companies will be judged on case studies where the companies have been able to demonstrate improved performance in environmental manufacturing. This may include maximizing energy efficiency levels, compliance with environmental regulations and minimizing waste from the production process. Manufacturers should be able to illustrate success in reducing their environmental impact, as well as converting green manufacturing into a business opportunity.
NATM was founded in 1987 and represents manufacturers that produce light‐ and medium‐duty trailers. NATM members also include suppliers to the industry. Organized to promote, both to the trailer industry and to the public, universal recognition of safety and quality in trailer manufacturing, NATM works to improve the trailer industry through the promotion of compliance with its Guidelines and other initiatives such as The Green Manufacturing Award. The association currently has more than 800 member companies across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other foreign countries.