Stronger (and Lighter) Together: IACMI, LIFT Collaboration Begins

Jan. 16, 2016

SME’s Senior Editor, Michael Anderson joined the IACMI- The Composites Institute member meeting in Detroit, Michigan this week.

He summarized the member meeting, the IACMI-LIFT collaboration and provided a forward-looking glimpse at the next few months.

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On January 13 and 14, IACMI, the Knoxville, TN-based Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, held an all-members meeting to discuss its new partnership with LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) up in Dearborn, MI. Back in September 2015, Vice President Joe Biden first announced that IACMI, also called the Composites Institute, would be opening a second location, collocated with LIFT in the latter’s newly refurbished facility in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Both IACMI and LIFT are hubs of the Obama administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The meeting highlighted IACMI roadmapping efforts, partnerships, projects and advancements in key technology areas. The members were greeted by MI Gov. Rick Snyder, 12th District Congressional Rep. Debbie Dingell, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.LIFT Executive Director Lawrence Brown, IACMI CEO Craig Blue and IACMI Associate Director Raymond Boeman explained to Advanced Manufacturing Media how their collaboration came about and why it’s necessary.

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