For Immediate Release: April 17, 2015

Bonnie Gurney
Director – Communications, AMT

AMT Technical Center Opens at a University in Brazil

McLean, Va. … AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has announced the grand opening of their Brazilian Technical Center located at FACENS, an engineering university in Sorocaba, Brazil. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on May 19, 2015. 

The Technical Center, which includes a product demonstration area, was built using funds from a Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award from the International Trade Administration (ITA) that supports projects that enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. industries. “Brazil is an important manufacturing economy, and was the United States’ fifth-largest export market for manufacturing machinery and equipment in 2014,” said Stefan M. Selig, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. “Through its center, AMT can help American manufacturers capitalize on the export opportunities in the Brazilian market.”  

As an integral part of AMT’s mission to help members expand their business in this growing market, the Technical Center allows member companies to present their manufacturing technology products to manufacturing companies located in Brazil. Members can host open houses, hold trainings or presentations, and access meeting rooms on the FACENS campus. 

 “AMT members are eager to build partnerships with Brazilian manufacturers as their market expands to a variety of industries with a need for increasingly complex and sophisticated technologies,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT President. “We also anticipate establishing relationships with faculty and students at FACENS as a means of bringing together our technology and their innovative thinking. We look forward to realizing many mutual benefits as we embark on this exciting venture.”

Members of the press are invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 19, 2015, located at the AMT Technical Center at FACENS. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Farron Sanders at or 703-827-5271. 
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AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. 

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