About The International Magnetics Association
The International Magnetics Association (IMA) is the worldwide trade association representing manufacturers of magnetic materials, distributors and fabricators, suppliers to the magnetics industry and others with an interest in magnetics. The IMA formerly operated as the Magnetic Materials Producers Association (MMPA), originally founded in 1959. In November of 2001, the IMA replaced MMPA, expanding its scope and operations in recognition of the global nature of the magnetics industry. Key IMA programs are listed below:
Implementation of Industry Standards
IMA develops, maintains, and distributes industry standards. These are regularly reviewed and revised by IMA Technical Committees to present current industry technology and terminology. See Technical Publications.
Education of Users
IMA participates in education of magnet users through presentations on materials and contemporary applications as well as tutorials on topics ranging from the fundamentals of magnets and soft ferrites to magnetizing, measuring, stabilizing and optimizing techniques.
IMA is active in presenting seminars and workshops in conjunction with groups such as the Electrical Manufacturing and Coil Winding Association (EMCW), Power Systems World, and the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC). These forums provide additional opportunities to present information on magnetics and their applications.
Promoting Higher Education in Magnets
The IMA Scholars Program was implemented in 1994 to encourage university-level study in the field of magnetics and encourage engineering and materials science students to consider the magnetics industry for employment and career advancement. Each year up to two scholarships may be awarded. See Scholarship Information.
The IMA conducts statistical surveys to gather market information on various materials and to ebenchmark key industry business indicators. Only participants receive composite report information. With the exception of general business benchmarking programs, IMA divisions are responsible for the design and implementation of their specific statistical programs.