E.A. ‘Ned’ Thompson

      President/CEO, Prab & Hapman  


As CEMA enters its 85th year, it is my honor and privilege to serve as it’s 76th President.  Founded in 1933 by 8 industry leaders, our membership roster of over 130 companies is literally a “Who’s Who” of the conveyor industry.  Over the years, CEMA has truly lived up to its motto as, “The Voice of the Conveyor Industry of the Americas”.

As in any organization, CEMA’s true strength stems from the participation of our broad membership representing all markets and applications of the conveyor industry.  Organized in four major sections, General Bulk Handling, Screw Conveyor/Bucket Elevator, Conveyor Chain and Sprocket Section and Unit Handling Conveying Section, each with numerous sub-committees, CEMA is able to make significant contributions to our industry, while bringing exceptional value to its members.

Our Industry Forecasting and Statistics program, available only to members, has proven to be incredibly accurate, over the years, measuring sales trends for our entire industry as well as for specific equipment categories.  Member companies track their performance against market trends specific to their equipment offerings and use the data to plan future investments and initiatives.

Our program has such accuracy that the U.S. Census Bureau actually has called CEMA to inquire how CEMA determines market size since our numbers have closely mirrored Census numbers.

If content with competitors writing the industry standards for your equipment, you’re probably not interested in CEMA’s activity in establishing conveyor standards or our vast library of technical publications.  CEMA standards, many of which are ANSI accredited, are recognized worldwide as the accepted source for conveyor equipment design and manufacture.  Our standards and publications are systematically reviewed, revised and recertified, ensuring they continue to represent the current collective knowledge base of the conveyor industry.

Safety is paramount for everyone involved in the industry and CEMA’s commitment to safety is clearly demonstrated in our Safety Program, available to all interested companies, member or non-member.  The members of CEMA develop safety standards, best practices, safety labels and training materials to educate and help prevent accidents in the workplace.  CEMA’s Safety Label program provides exceptional guidance in appropriate safety warnings, training, and hazard avoidance.

While committee work continues throughout the year, representatives from member companies formally gather three times each year: our Annual Meeting in March, a general business meeting in September and CEMA’s Engineering Conference in June.  Regular attendance provides top-level executive networking and engineering management collaboration not found in any other venue in our industry.  Many of our members stay in contact throughout the year and have developed life-long friendships and long-standing business relationships.

Thank you for your interest in CEMA.  We have an incredible executive staff in our Naples office.  If you have any questions about our organization, benefits of membership or any of our programs, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our staff.

All the best to you and your company!


All My Best,

Ned Thompson

President of CEMA


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