Planting the Seeds for a U.S Manufacturing Renaissance
In September 2013, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) 2.0. It calls for the establishment in the U.S. of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Composed of multiple regional institutes, each institute will focus on a specific technology. Yet all institutes are intended to collaborate and utilize existing resources in academia and industry to develop a sustainable research –to-manufacturing infrastructure.
Revitalizing American Manufacturing ActThe initial concept is to create a network of 15 institutes and then expand that number over the next 10 years to 45. In 2014, the President signed the Revitalizing American Manufacturing Act into law, which authorized congress to make an initial investment in the program. These are intended to be matched by state and private funds which must meet or exceed the federal amount, typically $70 million. The federal funds are typically channeled through the Departments of Defense or Energy. As of March 2015, there are five sites that have been selected so far:
- Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation in Knoxville, Tenn.
- Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, IL
- Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (development of lightweight alloys, materials and metal foams to improve vehicle fuel economy) in Detroit, MI
- PowerAmerica (development of high-power, high-efficiency semiconductors) in Raleigh, N.C.
- America Makes (3-D printing) in Youngstown, Ohio
- Flexible Hybrid Electronics
- Smart Manufacturing
- Integrated Photonics
- Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles
- Clean Energy Manufacturing