President’s Message – 2021

Noel Bell

Vice President, General Manager MH/Service Div., Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc.

As CEMA enters its 88th year, it is my honor and privilege to serve as its 78th President. Since CEMA’s founding in 1933 by eight member companies, our membership roster has grown to over 140 companies. This list represents a fantastic cross section of industries to serve as the fabric of our organization.

CEMA’s board is consistently representative of the strongest names in our industry. This body operates to govern the activity of the four major sections within CEMA. They consist of the following: General Bulk Handling, Screw Conveyor/Bucket Elevator, Conveyor Chain & Sprocket and Unit Handling Conveying. Each major section is served by numerous sub-committees.

This past year COVID-19 has changed how we do business and provided a window of opportunity for us to take an in depth look at our association for improvements so we could improve the growth of our businesses during this turbulent time.

CEMA’s focus is on its three pillars of structure which are STATISTICS – STANDARDS – NETWORKING.

CEMA Statistics Program has been updated and will now offer a progressive electronic statistic reporting system that will provide our members with information such as:  pressure curves, trend lines, statistical analysis, easily convertible information, and accessibility to reports.

CEMA’s Standards focus on the industry needs which would include safety, best practices, dimensional standards, installation processes, and additionally, available in English and Spanish.

CEMA’s Networking will expand beyond our three meetings a year.  CEMA will establish a controls/safety section, a new member classification, education/training and development committees, and certification.  Additionally, CEMA will also include Roundtable Forums.

The structure of our three pillars will provide CEMA the focus to establish a 3rd class of membership, reinvigorate our efforts to expand our association in Latin America as well.

CEMA is on the move, we are growing, and we are financially strong.  My company Martin Sprocket & Gear has been a member of CEMA for over 55-years and we have always remained steadfast in our position that we must remain active in CEMA.  It helps us with opportunities to help shape the design of standards of tomorrow.

We look forward to your interest in our Association and Welcome you to come join us!


Noel Bell
VP, General Manager
Martin Sprocket & Gear