About AME

What is AME?

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence. Members come together to explore lean thinking and other enterprise improvement methods, exchange best practices and network in order to advance their careers and improve the competitiveness and overall value of their organizations.

Since our creation as a not-for-profit in 1985, we have grown to represent 4,000 members ranging from executives to senior and middle managers who wish to improve both their organization’s and their personal performance.

Today, our profession requires increased productivity and specialized solutions. AME’s power is in the mentoring relationships that take place among our members. We are the only organization that provides company leaders with educational opportunities to learn leading-edge topics from leaders and fellow practitioners by attending events and through networking.

We offer a forum whereby members can stay current with new and developing management and operational techniques. There is also the opportunity to stay ahead of the competition by reading Target Online, which is full of case studies and how-tos of practitioner-implemented process improvements. We hold an annual international conference and more than 100 summits, workshops, tours, seminars and events each year.

AME is run by volunteers from business and academia who relentlessly provide their support, energy and resources from their organizations to help your company prosper in today’s challenging global marketplace.

AME's vision, mission and values


A manufacturing renaissance driven by people-centric leadership coupled with enterprise excellence.


To inspire a commitment to enterprise excellence through experiential learning by bringing people together to share, learn and grow.


  • Volunteerism
  • Practitioner Focused
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Passion for Excellence
  • Engaging and Welcoming

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AME privacy policy 

AME cultural expectations (code of conduct)

AME conflict-of-interest policy

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