It's only natural with the global mania sweeping the industry that trade associations would jump on the bandwagon to assist their members with expansion plans.

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (MEMA) establishes an international division for both foreign companies and current MEMA members engaging in multinational trade; the Electronics Industries Assn. (EIA) holds a conference in Boston on global markets, technology and applications of microelectro-mechanical systems; and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) on Oct. 23-28 will conduct a China Automotive Technology Conference/Workshop in Beijing.