Synopsis:The Steel Tube Institute (STI) has introduced a revamped associate member program to foster closer relationships between product vendors and STI members. This initiative allows service or product vendors connected to the steel tubing industry to become associate members. They can connect and collaborate with STI members and are encouraged to provide educational opportunities. The program offers sponsorship opportunities for various industry segments. Associate memberships are renewed annually, subject to STI Executive Committee approval.Article:The Steel Tube Institute (STI), an organization dedicated to advancing the use of steel tubing by bringing together key players in the steel industry, has introduced a revamped associate member program. This initiative aims to strengthen the relationship between product vendors and STI members, facilitating collaboration and networking opportunities.The newly launched associate member program is open to service or product vendors closely associated with the steel tubing industry, even if they are not steel tubing producers. This inclusion enables them to participate in STI's activities and interact with its members. Moreover, associate members are encouraged to offer educational opportunities to benefit STI members.Dale Crawford, the Executive Director of Steel Tube Institute, highlighted the program's benefits, stating that it provides sponsorship opportunities for a range of entities, including Material Handling Product Suppliers, Safety Product & Solutions Providers, Steel & Tube-making Equipment Dealers, Software Vendors, and Consumable Product Suppliers. These entities can connect with the organization's supplier members during STI's meetings and conferences held throughout the year.s important to note that Associate Memberships are subject to approval at the sole discretion of the STI Executive Committee and must be renewed annually. Associate members are also expected to adhere to the STI Associate Member Code of Conduct.Conclusion:The Steel Tube Institute's revamped associate member program signifies a proactive step toward strengthening ties between product vendors and STI members in the steel tubing industry. This program encourages collaboration and networking while also offering sponsorship opportunities for various industry segments. The initiative underscores STI's commitment to promoting steel tubing and fostering cooperation within the industry.