News: Press releases News from - A national advanced manufacturing portal en Vice President Announces New Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Rochester, New York <p><em>The sixth of nine new manufacturing institutes brings $610 million in public-private investment to next-generation photonics manufacturing, fostering American manufacturing innovation to transform digital communications and high-performance computing</em></p> <p>The Vice President will announce today that the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) will lead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to secure U.S. leadership in manufacturing integrated photonics. These emerging technologies have the potential to transform many industries—from creating “needleless” tests for medical conditions like diabetes, to increasing the carrying capacity of broadband communications ten times over.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:00:00 -0500 Investing in Manufacturing to Create High-Paying Jobs and Strengthen the Middle Class <p><em>Administration Designates an additional 12 Communities to Receive Federal Support for Local Plans through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership</em></p> <p>Manufacturing helped build the American middle class and fuel the world’s most innovative economy—and it’s doing so again today.  After a decade of decline in the 2000s, when 40 percent of all large factories closed their doors, American manufacturing is on the upswing.  U.S. manufacturing is growing faster than the economy overall for the first time since the 1990s.  U.S. manufacturers are consistently adding new jobs, nearly 900,000 since February 2010 alone. </p> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:00:00 -0500 NIST Awards $7.8 Million for Advanced Manufacturing Technology Planning Grants <p>For Immediate Release: May 7, 2015</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> <a href="">Mark Bello</a></p> <p>301-975-3776</p> <p>GAITHERSBURG, MD–The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced 16 awards totaling $7.8 million to help accelerate the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States. The grants will support industry-driven consortia in developing research plans and charting collaborative actions to solve high-priority technology challenges.</p> <p>NIST’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program has awarded the grants to universities and other nonprofit organizations in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The grants range from $413,000 to $500,000 for a period of up to two years. More than 40 organizations will share funding for work done in support of the 16 projects. In addition, more than 250 businesses, trade associations, universities and other organizations will collaborate as unfunded partners.“Strengthening American manufacturing is a key component of the Commerce Department’s ‘Open for Business Agenda,’” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “The awards announced today will support public-private partner collaboration that boosts advanced manufacturing, which is critical to supporting economic growth. We will continue to make investments that keep our manufacturing sector on the cutting edge of innovation in order to create new growth industries and American jobs.”</p> <p>The new AMTech-funded projects span a wide variety of industries and technologies, from next-generation gas turbines and aerospace manufacturing to hybridized semiconductor and synthetic-biology devices and glass manufacturing.</p> <p>“These projects will set a path for innovation and productivity growth in established and emerging U.S. manufacturing industries,” said Willie E. May, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director. “Partnerships like these are needed to tackle shared technical obstacles and, ultimately, to capture the practical and economic benefits of new knowledge, new technologies and new capabilities.”</p> <p>Thirteen of the projects will launch new consortia. All will initiate technology roadmapping activities or similar efforts intended to identify, prioritize and align research and development in targeted industry sectors.</p> <p>Established in 2013, the AMTech program sparks partnerships between U.S. industry, academia and government. It encourages the formation of new industry-led consortia—and the strengthening of existing ones—for the purpose of tackling shared technical barriers to the growth of advanced manufacturing.</p> <p>On July 30, 2014, the program announced its second competition for AMTech planning grants. Today’s award recipients were selected from an initial pool of 118 applicants, seeking a total of $56.6 million in federal funding.</p> <p>Visit the NIST website to read summaries of the AMTech-funded projects and to see maps of the locations of the projects’ lead organizations and their funded partners.</p> <p>As a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. To learn more about NIST, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 07 May 2015 07:00:00 -0500 President Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Knoxville, Tennessee <p><em>A Knoxville-area based consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, universities and research laboratories is partnering with the Department of Energy to create a more than $250 million manufacturing innovation institute focused on U.S. leadership in next-generation composite materials.</em></p> <p>Today, the President is announcing the latest in a series of partnerships aimed at boosting advanced manufacturing, fostering American innovation, and attracting well-paying jobs that will strengthen the middle class. After a decade of decline, American manufacturing is coming back, adding 786,000 new jobs since February 2010. Today’s new action is the kind of investment we need to build on this progress, creating the foundation needed for American manufacturing growth and competitiveness in the years to come.</p> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:00:00 -0600 Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary on Passage of Bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation Act <p><em>U.S. Secretary of Commerce today issued a statement following the passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation (RAMI) Act - bipartisan legislation to create a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). </em></p> <p>“I applaud Congress for passing the Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation (RAMI) Act as part of the Omnibus spending bill, particularly its bipartisan cosponsors, Senators Brown and Blunt and Representatives Reed and Kennedy, as well as Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Mikulski and Chairman Rogers. This legislation authorizes the establishment of a network of up to 15 regional institutes across the country, each focused on a unique technology, material or process relevant to advanced manufacturing. The RAMI Act will also encourage partnership and regional collaboration between communities, the private sector, academia, NGOs, and needed supply chains in order to bring ideas from the lab to market more quickly.</p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:00:00 -0600 President Announces New Actions to Further Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing <p><em>U.S. manufacturing is central to the foundation of our economy, and the U.S. manufacturing sector is as competitive as it has been in decades for new jobs and investment.  Since February 2010, U.S. manufacturing has added more than 700,000 jobs, the fastest pace of job growth since the 1990s.</em></p> <p>Today, to continue to build on this momentum, the President will unveil new executive actions to strengthen U.S. advanced manufacturing, spur innovation, and continue to take steps to make the U.S. a magnet for new jobs and investment.  At an event this afternoon, the President will thank the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee, a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology, for their efforts to develop advanced manufacturing across the U.S.  The final AMP, <a href="">Accelerating U.S. Advanced Manufacturing</a>, is now available.</p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0500 NIST Awards 19 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Planning Grants <p><strong>Contact:</strong> Mark Bello<br /> 301-975-3776</p> <p>The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today awarded 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants totaling $9 million to new or existing industry-driven consortia to develop technology roadmaps aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance across industries.</p> <p>The grants, awarded to universities and other nonprofit organizations, are the first conferred by NIST’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program. They range from $378,900 to $540,000 for a period of up to two years.</p> <p>The funded projects will identify and rank research and development goals, define workforce needs, and initiate other steps toward speeding technology development and transfer and improving manufacturing capabilities. Project collaborations span a wide variety of industries and technologies, from flexible-electronics manufacturing to biomanufacturing and from pulp-and-paper manufacturing to forming and joining technologies.</p> <p>“The AMTech awards provide incentives for partnerships to tackle the important jobs of planning, setting strategic manufacturing technology goals, and developing a shared vision of how to work collaboratively to get there,” said NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. “These are essential first steps toward building the research infrastructure necessary to sustain a healthy, innovative advanced manufacturing sector—one that invents, demonstrates, prototypes and produces here, in the U.S.”</p> <p>Technology roadmapping is a key component of all funded projects. Each consortium will engage manufacturers of all sizes, university researchers, trade associations and other stakeholders in an interactive process to identify and prioritize research projects that reduce shared barriers to the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States.<br /> In conjunction with developing technology roadmaps, the projects will undertake related tasks such as defining challenges specific to building robust domestic supply chains and establishing skill-set requirements for an advanced manufacturing workforce.</p> <p>Established in 2013, the AMTech program aims to catalyze partnerships between U.S. industry, academia, and government that will support efforts to meet the long-term research needs of U.S. industry. A specific objective is to enable new—or to strengthen existing—industry-led technology consortia for the purpose of identifying and prioritizing research projects that reduce barriers to the growth of advanced manufacturing.</p> <p>On July 24, 2013, the program announced its inaugural competition for planning grants. It received 82 applications seeking a total of $37.4 million in funding. Of the 19 consortia that received grants, 11 are new efforts that will be launched with AMTech funding. Applications for these projects included letters of commitment from companies and other prospective partners.</p> <p>To read summaries of the AMTech-funded projects and to see maps showing the locations of the projects’ lead organizations and their funded partners, go to <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 07:00:00 -0500 President Announces Two New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes and Launches the First of Four New Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competitions <p><em>A Detroit-area based consortium of 60 companies, nonprofits, and universities and a Chicago based consortium of 73 companies, nonprofits, and universities are partnering with the federal government to launch two new manufacturing innovation hubs. The first new manufacturing innovation institute competition this year is launching today, one of four the Administration has committed to launching this year.</em></p> <p>The President today will announce new steps in partnership with the private sector to boost advanced manufacturing, strengthen our capabilities for defense, and attract the types of high-quality jobs that a growing middle class requires. First, the President will announce two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Department of Defense supported by a $140 million Federal commitment combined with more than $140 million in non-federal resources: (1) Detroit-area headquartered consortium of businesses and universities, with a focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing; (2) Chicago headquartered consortium of businesses and universities that will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:00:00 -0600 Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce on New Manufacturing Institute <p><em>“I commend President Obama's announcement today of a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institute. These institutes are designed to foster pre-competitive collaboration among manufacturers, academics and non-profits in cutting-edge technologies. Such innovation is exactly what we need to maintain America's global competitiveness, grow our economy, and create jobs."</em></p> <p>Following a successful NNMI pilot institute in Youngstown, Ohio, President Obama <a href="">announced</a> the launch of competitions to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes in May 2013 with a federal commitment of $200 million across five federal agencies – Commerce, Defense, Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. The President has also called for building out the initial network of 15 manufacturing innovation institutes to 45 over the next 10 years.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:00:00 -0600 President Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee “2.0” <p>Today, the President launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee “2.0,” part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) was created by the President in 2011 with the recognition that industry, academia, and government must work in partnership to revitalize our manufacturing sector.</p> <p>The new Steering Committee comprises leaders in industry, academia, and labor, will build on progress made by the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee, created by the President. As outlined in its report released last year, <a href="">Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing</a>, that group called for a national effort to strengthen the U.S. advanced manufacturing sector.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:00:00 -0500 The White House Launches Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes <p>The White House today announced that it is launching competitions to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five Federal agencies – Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.  To build off the initial success of a pilot institute headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, the President announced in the State of the Union that his Administration would move forward and launch three new manufacturing innovation institutes this year.  The President will continue to call on Congress to act on his proposal for a one-time $1 billion investment to create a network of 15 manufacturing innovation institutes across the country. </p> <p>The President is committed to making America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing so we continue to build things the rest of the world buys. After shedding jobs for a decade, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 over the past three years. Manufacturing production has grown since the end of the recession at its fastest pace in over a decade.  To build on this momentum, the President has outlined a concrete and comprehensive agenda to invest in American manufacturing. </p> Thu, 09 May 2013 07:00:00 -0500 We Can’t Wait: The White House Announces New Public-Private Partnership to Support <p><em>Consortium of Businesses, Universities, and Community Colleges from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania Co-Invest with Federal Government in a Manufacturing Innovation Institute</em></p> <p>Following through on our We Can’t Wait efforts, the White House today announced the launch of a new public-private institute for manufacturing innovation in Youngstown, Ohio as part of its ongoing efforts to help revitalize American manufacturing and encourage companies to invest in the United States.  This new partnership, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), was selected through a competitive process, led by the Department of Defense, to award an initial $30 million in federal funding, matched by $40 million from the winning consortium, which includes manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations from the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia ‘Tech Belt.’ </p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Report to President Outlines Approaches to Spur Domestic Manufacturing Investment and Innovation <p><em>Final Recommendations of Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee</em></p> <p>A <a href="">new report released today</a> by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) urges efforts to build on progress to date on improving domestic manufacturing competitiveness and encouraging companies to invest in the United States. The PCAST report is a product of its Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee, whose membership includes leading manufacturing experts from industry and academia and is co-chaired by Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, and CEO of Dow Chemical, and Susan Hockfield—who until this month was President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. </p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 07:00:00 -0500 President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership <p>Today, at Carnegie Mellon University, the President launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness.  Investing in technologies, such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, will support the creation of good jobs by helping U.S. manufacturers reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate product development.<br /><br /> The President’s plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort. The President believes that even as we live within our means, we must invest to win the future. Investments will be made in the following key areas: building domestic manufacturing capabilities in critical national security industries; reducing the time needed to make advanced materials used in manufacturing products; establishing U.S. leadership in next-generation robotics; increasing the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes; and developing new technologies that will dramatically reduce the time required to design, build, and test manufactured goods. Leading universities and companies will compliment these federal efforts helping to invent, deploy and scale these cutting-edge technologies.</p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 07:00:00 -0500