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Thursday, 08 September 2011 11:50

EWI Announces Manufacturing Innovation Summit

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EWI announced that it will host a Manufacturing Innovation Summit on October 27, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute. The Summit is the second in a series of leadership conferences organized by EWI to gather thought-leaders from both industry and government in a national conversation about how to strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through technology innovation, and ultimately create an actionable plan.

The Summit will be used to discuss potential manufacturing technology innovation models which require industry collaboration and public/private partnership. It follows a report published earlier this year by EWI entitled "Strengthening Manufacturing Innovation" which details the outcome of a leadership conference held in 2010 at EWI. The report identities the need to strengthen the U.S. innovation infrastructure and lists potential innovation models that should be considered.

According to Chris Conrardy, Vice President of Technology and Innovation at EWI, "There is a growing awareness that the U.S. is falling behind in our capacity to innovate and implement advanced manufacturing technology quickly and effectively. At present, our country lacks a cohesive, strategic plan for improving American manufacturing competitiveness through commercialization of advanced  manufacturing technology. We are trying to change that by increasing understanding of the issue and plausible solutions, and by providing the leadership and venue needed for successful collaboration." 

Approximately thirty leaders from some of the nation's most innovative manufacturing companies will be invited to participate in The Manufacturing Innovation Summit on October 27. Follow-on events will be held for technology facilitators and representatives of state and federal government. Anyone interested in receiving information about or attaining results from the events should contact Nate Ames at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 614.688.5135. Information can also be found online at: www.ewi.org/ewi-hosted-events

EWI and America Welding Society (AWS) released a report detailing the outcomes of its 2010 Future of Materials Joining in North America Conference. The report was compiled by a team from EWI, AWS, Babcock & Wilcox, GE Aviation, The Ohio State University (OSU), and NASA representing experts from industry, academia, and government who participated in the conference. The pivotal role of materials joining and the key challenges and opportunities for contributing to a stronger North American manufacturing base are described.   

The report states that increasing the level of technical innovation and increasing workforce competitiveness are two "grand challenges" that exist for North American manufacturers today, relative to materials joining. It also describes two broad opportunities that exist for greater collaboration among manufacturing stakeholders and influencing policy and funding priorities.

According to Chris Conrardy, Vice President of Technology & Innovation at EWI and the Future of Materials Joining in North America Conference Chair, "There is an urgent, growing sense that North American manufacturing is at a crossroads. Our global manufacturing competitiveness is at risk, which endangers our global leadership, our national security, and our standard of living. The report from the Future of Materials Joining Conference takes a critical look at the state of the materials joining industry and offers recommendations for making our manufacturing base stronger."

The full report is available for download

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