Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) closing its doors
By Anthony Capkun
May 11, 2012 – Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) announced the closure of its Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) Council, effective June 30, 2012. This closure is a direct result of the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) opening a Canadian branch office in July 1, 2012.
AHAM says this step “follows interest shown over the past several years by appliance manufacturers who wish to benefit from fuller integration of home appliance industry representation in Canada and the United States”. EFC says AHAM’s expansion into Canada has resulted in many CAMA members resigning from EFC, “despite a long-standing relationship”.
“Over the past year, members of both associations came to the conclusion that a single, dedicated appliance focused trade association representing the industry in both countries was the most efficient and effective way to provide member services and represent the industry before key audiences, including public policy makers,” said Steve Caldow, current CAMA executive committee chair.
EFC says it will continue to serve remaining CAMA members through December 31, 2012, through its Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada (CEMC) Council and its other functional hub resources. EFC will also explore the possibility of service beyond year-end 2012 under a Consumer Council banner. CAMA has been part of EFC since 1995.
“This step, which the mutual AHAM and CAMA members have overwhelmingly endorsed, is another chapter in the history of our organization of appliance manufacturers maintaining a focus on the industry’s future, providing leadership and building strong relationships with customers and stakeholders,” said Joseph M. McGuire, AHAM’s president.
The CAMA closure will result in the loss of CAMA staff. “I am proud of all CAMA Council staff and their many outstanding accomplishments. Our CAMA staff provided many services to our members and they will be sorely missed for their contributions in the Canadian market,” said Jim Taggart, EFC president and CEO.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) is a not-for-profit trade association representing manufacturers of major, portable and floor care home appliances and suppliers to the industry.