Founded in 1971, RMA is one
of six trade associations of the Metal Powder Industries Federation. Member
companies must be commercially engaged in North America in the production
of refractory metals and/or alloys 50% or more of which consist of refractory
RMA serves to promote and expand the markets for refractory metals: tungsten,
molybdenum, tantalum, columbium, chromium, rhenium, vanadium, boron, hafnium,
cobalt, and the rare earth metals, principally cerium, lanthanum and yttrium.
The objectives of the association shall be to: serve as a voice for the refractory
metals industries in dealing with agencies of the government on stockpiling,
import and export regulations, defense programs, general communications,
and any other such matters of concern; improve, promote, and expand the markets
for the products of the members; promote investigation and research, including
alerting members to developments in competing technologies and products;
promote education in refractory metals, alloys, and products; cooperate with
governmental agencies so as to provide maximum service to the government;
and foster an awareness of ecological responsibility.