Many of the world's leading companies and non-university based research institutions, as well as many other small and medium size enterprises are already affiliated to CIRP as Corporate members. At present their number is 170 from 30 countries.
Although their business interests might at first sight seem quite diverse, ranging from aircraft to tractors and from computers to machine tools, it is not difficult to work out why these organizations joined CIRP.
Ever since its inception in 1951, CIRP has held a truly unique position at the forefront of production engineering research. Many of today's manufacturing successes have their origins in research carried out by CIRP members. Put quite simply, CIRP Corporate membership gives companies and research institutes access to an unequalled wealth of information and expertise.
Corporate members are strongly encouraged to send representatives to attend the events at the CIRP General Assembly. This is a closed gathering which is only opened to CIRP members, Corporate members and invited guests. It is customary to hold this event in a different country each year. All attendees are asked to pay a nominal fee to offset the costs of holding the conference. In the first part of the Assembly (paper sessions) as many as 120 to 140 authors from leading research institutes all over the world present papers dealing with the different aspects of the production engineering . In the second part working meetings are held within the various STCs to discuss the cooperative projects run by CIRP and other technical matters.
An "active" attendance of the Corporate members at these events is welcome: under the sponsorship of a Fellow, they are allowed to present papers during the paper session; under the agreement of the Chairman they may present technical reports in the STC meetings, they may use the Poster session to present their research reports (non commercial). These possibilities represent an effective way to focus the attention of CIRP members on specific industrial problems as well as on new research topics.
During the August General Assembly and the Winter Meeting, a special meeting (CMAG - Corporate Members Advisory Group meeting) followed by a lunch (in August) is reserved to the Corporate members where friendly talks with the CIRP officers and STC chairmen encourages a fruitful exchange of opinions and experiences.
Corporate members, particularly new incomers, will be coached by the STC Vice-Chairman of their primary STC of interest.
Attendance at the General Assembly presents an ideal opportunity to meet the world's foremost experts in an informal setting. In this way, Corporate members can gauge reactions to new ideas, seek detailed advice and also gain valuable help in identifying additional sources of information and cooperation. This approach is recognized by many as being one of the most effective ways of solving difficult manufacturing problems. Being able to meet the world's leading experts allows an organization to gain first hand knowledge of what is happening in a particular field of technology, and perhaps more importantly, what is likely to happen in future years.
To complement the work of the General Assembly, STC and working groups meetings are organized again during the Winter Meeting in Paris: the Corporate members are regularly invited to attend in order to maintain their contacts with the CIRP members.
CIRP also organizes regular Conferences to cater for specialist needs.
As many other international organizations CIRP has a complete Website on Internet where many important information can be easily found: history and organization of CIRP, list of members, detailed information about the Scientific Sessions and their fields of interests (Agendas and Minutes from all the meetings), Internal Documents and Reports from General Assemblies, complete list of titles and authors of papers published in the Annals . The Corporate members have access to this Internet site which can also provide links to their own home pages. They also have an “online” access to all the papers and keynote papers published in the Annals from 1960 to nowadays, and received the printed books of the CIRP Annals Vol.1 and 2 every year.
Companies and institutes wishing to apply for Corporate membership have to send a request to the CIRP Headquarters in Paris.
Corporate members pay a yearly fee which helps to defer the administrative costs of the CIRP Office.
For further information please contact us through the Contact link on the Website.