WASHINGTON, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Next Generation Manufacturing
Technology Initiative (NGMTI) is a DOD-sponsored public-private partnership
focused on enhancing and accelerating the development and implementation of
breakthrough manufacturing technologies. Industrial technology leaders will
brief the House and Senate Manufacturing Task Force on the critical
importance of NGMTI in supporting both the transformation of the defense
industrial base and the global economic competitiveness of U.S.-based
States briefing team member Leo Reddy, Founder of the National Council
for Advanced Manufacturing:
"America's competitive advantage in the global economy is its unique
infrastructure of company, university, and federal lab research facilities.
NGMTI has developed the strategy and organization for coordinating and
leveraging those facilities in the field of next-generation manufacturing
technologies. The purpose is to secure U.S. leadership in those future
process and product technologies that that will enable U.S.-made products
to lead the world in cost, quality, and delivery in both commercial and
With strong industry, Congressional, and Federal Agency support,
NGMTI's goal is not only to create strategic investment plans for
innovative manufacturing technologies, but also to drive the implementation
of those technologies through industry-led research projects. By partnering
with a wide array of companies, universities, and labs, NGMTI has achieved
much since its inception in April, 2004 - developing strategic investment
plans, building industry-government forums, and laying the groundwork of 17
projects based on these investment plans and forums.
These projects alone, involving more than 100 organizations, estimate a
budget of $430 million over the next ten years with industry contributing
35 percent of the resources on average. A few examples of these projects
include: Defense Fuel Cells Manufacturing, Digital Direct Manufacturing,
and Carbon Nanotube Manufacturing.
The press is invited to this briefing to hear firsthand how this
dynamic effort is keeping the United States on the leading edge of
manufacturing technologies. The NGMTI briefing team will consist of:
Leo Reddy, Founder, National Council for Advanced Manufacturing
(NACFAM) and Director, Industry-Government Forum, NGMTI. Mr. Reddy will
discuss manufacturing innovation policy rationale, the structure of NGMTI,
and related legislation
Richard Neal, President, Integrated Manufacturing Technology Institute,
and Technical Director, NGMTI. Mr. Neal will provide background on the
NGMTI's research methodology and strategic investment plans, and on the
status of its research projects.
Herm Reininga, Senior Vice President, Operations (ret.), Rockwell
Collins Corporation and Chairman, Board of Manufacturing and Engineering,
National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Reininga will discuss the importance of
NGMTI from the perspective of a leading communications equipment
manufacturer and defense manufacturing policy leader.
Marlene Price, Director, Factory Support Engineering, Integrated
Defense Systems, Boeing Corporation. Ms. Price will discuss industry
benefits and perspective, and examine the importance of public/private
partnerships in manufacturing R&D.
For further information, contact Elizabeth Mark, Legislative Director,
Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, at 202-226-5181.
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