Waves Manufacturers association Sharon

  • Issue: April 1996
  • Designer: G. Sagi
  • Stamp size: 25.7 x 40 mm
  • Plate no.: 224
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein
  • Method of printing: Offset

Towards the end of the 1880's, Leon Stein established a factory in Neve Tsedek, (Jaffa) to manufacture filters for wells in orchards. Thus Israeli industry was born: first the metal industry, followed by the textile and food industries, then the pharmaceutical and tool industries.

In Ben Shemen, in 1906, Nahum Wilbush established the first factory for oil in Israel. This laid the groundwork for two large factories established in the mid-1920's - Nesher and Shemen, which indirectly led to the laying of electricity lines throughout the country.

In 1921 it was decided that factory owners should form an association to represent their mutual interests as employers and product suppliers. Thus, the Israel Industry Owners, Association was established, with Arie Shenkar serving as the first president.

Other factories were established during the 1930's, and additional workers were employed in industry, along with those Israelis who earned their livelihood from the land.

During the 1940's the Industrialists' Association had a great deal of influence on the management of the country's economy. It was thanks to the influence of the Association that the entire country joined forces in the British war effort against Nazi Germany.

When the War of Independence broke out, the Industrialists' Association administrated in all economic matters. The Association greatly aided the elected government of the newly born independent State of Israel in establishing the economic strength of the country, and local industry grew and diversified. The Industrialists' Association both increased and varied the services it offered and the support it proffered the growing industries. This increased aid expressed itself in representing industrialists to the government, the Knesset and many public forums, in the legislation of labour laws, in legal council to industry and in aid to newly established factories.

As a result of the economic development, towards the end of the 1960's, when more factories were being managed by professionals rather than by their owners, the name of the association was changed to "Manufacturers Association of Israel".

The presidents of the association, the late Mr. Mark Moshvitz, Mr. Avraham (Buma) Shavit, Mr. Eli Horowitz, Mr. Dov Lautman and Mr. Dan Propper have led the Association to the top of the Israeli economy. In time, impressive industries arose in the fields of chemicals, wood, tanning, plastics and electronics.

The leaders in Israeli's economy - the Bank of Israel, the Finance Ministry, the Knesset and academic institutions, currently pay close attention to the professional opinions of Manufacturers' Association.

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