Going Global: Associations Announce International Partnerships

Associations representing the insurance, solar energy, and automotive industries announced global collaborations last week aimed at supporting their industries and members.

From South Korea to Mexico to the United States, associations around the globe are reaping the value of international partnerships.

Last week several associations in the insurance, solar energy, and automotive industries announced collaborations that will give them new leverage to promote their respective industries and offer special membership programs.

Insurance: To provide a collective voice for insurance companies around the world, 31 associations representing 87 percent of the international insurance business formed the Global Federation of Insurance Associations.

The new organization held its first meeting last week in Washington, DC, and discussed one of the industry’s most pressing issues: how aging societies will need to balance their finances while maintaining the senior population’s dignity.

Solar energy: The U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association and the Korea Photovoltaic Industry Association announced a new collaboration to promote the sustainable growth of solar energy in both countries and to boost global competitiveness.

“Our partnership with KOPIA will help us to better address complex issues that arise in this global market, while creating new opportunities for collaboration between the solar industries of both nations,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA said in a statement.

Automotive: The Automotive Industry Action Group and the Industria Nacional de Autopartes are joining forces to support lower-tier automotive suppliers in the United States and Mexico.

The new MEX-U.S. Supplier Power membership program allows automotive suppliers with less than $15 million in annual income to join both AIAG and INA through a single membership and receive the full-member benefits of both organizations.
“Lower-tier suppliers in the NAFTA region were disproportionately devastated by the economic recession, and they are the engine that powers sustained economic growth and innovation,” said AIAG Executive Director J. Scot Sharland in a statement. “Capacity constraints are now compromising demand, so it is imperative that we provide smaller companies and a new generation of automotive professionals with the ‘know-how’ and ‘know-who’ they will need to be successful.”

Might a partnership with an international counterpart help your industry? How would you like to go global?

(TMG archive photo)

Katie Bascuas

By Katie Bascuas

Katie Bascuas is associate editor of Associations Now. MORE

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