a. Initiate cooperation between Israeli and worldwide enterprises. b. facilitating collaboration in R&D activities. c. Advice and assist manufacturers in formulating and implementing marketing strategies, business development tactics, performing market research and creating business relations with suitable partners. d. Establish relations with commercial and economic attaché, government institutions – coordinate access to international projects, tenders, and funding programs. e. Produce and host international business delegations and seminars, organize B2B meetings and lead network sessions. f. Promote industry-academia cooperation by defining the needs of the industrial sectors and developing knowledge-sharing tools. g. Compose speeches and prepare presentations for association’s executives; lecture at international business conferences and receptions. h. National Contact Point (NCP) for the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) – Build business partnerships and technological collaborations.
Since its establishment in 1921, the Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI) is recognized as an important pillar in the Israeli economy and its industry in particular. As an independent umbrella organization, the MAI represents private, public, government and kibbutz-owned enterprises, constituting a powerful advocacy element both at the level of proposed legislation, and in practice. Through lobbying efforts and hands on involvement in policy making, MAI supports free and open trade based on reciprocity and fair trade practices, and facilitates opportunities for international trade. The MAI’s direct and indirect membership of more than 2,000 companies accounts for over 90% of Israel’s industrial output. Along with the government and the Histadrut (trade union), the MAI is one of the leading influencers in the Israeli economy and the sole representative body of all industrial sectors in Israel.