KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, IACMI, a Manufacturing USA institute which works to support advanced composite technology and grow capital investment and manufacturing jobs in the U.S. composites market, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Utah Advanced Materials Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI).
UAMMI is a Utah-based consortium of industry, academic and training institutions, and government agencies that advances research and innovation in advanced composites and materials manufacturing. Utah has a thriving Advanced Materials industry that serves the Aerospace, Outdoor Products and Energy industries. By partnering global leaders in the industry, UAMMI will bring many unique resources to IACMI, including more encompassing work with global aerospace supply chains, partnership with Utah academic institutions, as well as the state's Federal designation as a leading manufacturing community.
IACMI CEO Bryan G. Dods said, "The MOU between UAMMI and The Composites Institute demonstrates the commitment of both organizations to providing impactful, cost-effective technology solutions that will provide short and long term benefits to the composites manufacturing ecosystem."
Aligned with IACMI objectives, UAMMI and its membership are particularly focused on the reduction of carbon fiber cost, the reduction of energy required to produce carbon fiber based parts, as well as greatly increasing the recyclability of composites.
UAMMI Executive Director, Jeff Edwards looks forward to engaging with IACMI and leveraging the knowledge from the over 150 IACMI members, stating, "This strategic MOU with IACMI and its members, will accelerate our developments and help us innovate greater efficiencies with key manufacturers, particularly in the aerospace industry."
The MOU joins IACMI and UAMMI resources to address specific focus areas such as technology research and development while expanding certain initiatives and programs for those in the composites manufacturing community.
About IACMI-The Composites Institute: The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation's energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites. CCS is a not-for-profit organization established by The University of Tennessee Research Foundation. The national institute is part of the Manufacturing USA network and is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, and over $180 million committed from IACMI's partners. Find out more at IACMI.org.
About UAMMI: The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) brings together public, private, community, industry and education partners to assure growth and sustainability of some of Utah's most important manufacturing clusters. Advanced materials are essential in Aerospace/Defense, Outdoor Products and Transportation Equipment. Advanced materials include composites such as carbon and glass fibers, ceramics and polymers that are made using advanced manufacturing techniques including 3D printing, filament winding, automated fiber placement, and automated tape laying. Utah has more than 50 years of history in the development and advancement of these materials and has a worldwide reputation as one of the leaders in this industry of the future. While still in its early development, UAMMI has already been important to Utah's competitiveness in advanced materials. For more information about UAMMI, please visit www.UAMMI.org
SOURCE IACMI-The Composites Institute