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 manufacturing. 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 defense production." 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. This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.
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