New Legislation To Boost Advanced Manufacturing in the US

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In an effort to enhance America’s competitiveness in advanced manufacturing on a global scale, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chris Coons (D-DE) have introduced The Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced May 10th would expand the national network of linked Manufacturing USA institutes

Manufacturing USA is a national network of manufacturing institutes, including ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing), America Makes, CESMII (Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute) and BioFabUSA to name a few. A full list of Institutes can be found on the Manufacturing USA website.

Key points of the new bill include eliminating funding limits on high-performing institutes. This will remove the current 5-7 year funding limit and put in place a 5-year, metrics-based review for continued funding based on the performance, advancement of technology and manufacturing readiness. The bill will also foster interagency collaboration by empowering the Department of Commerce to partner Institutes with federal agencies whose missions involve advanced manufacturing and promote the addition of new Institutes to the national network in the microelectronics, food manufacturing, superconductors, advanced battery technologies, robotics, advanced sensors, and supply chain water optimization sectors.

Another motivating factor for the new bill is the Chinese. The State Council’s Made in China 2025 plan is a copy of the Manufacturing USA program with nearly identical objectives. The Chinese plan will create 40 manufacturing innovation centers by 2025 and is currently outpacing US investment. This poses a direct threat to the future market share of manufacturers in the US.

“America has always been a global leader in manufacturing, and we need to do everything we can to make sure our country remains competitive to continue that leadership in the 21st century. This legislation would improve job training programs and support entrepreneurs, creating more opportunities for our workers to succeed in manufacturing,” said Senator Gillibrand in a statement May 10th. Gillibrand’s home state of New York is home to three Manufacturing USA Institutes. They are Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, in Rochester, the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), in Rochester and the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute, which is headquartered in New York City.

The Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act is supported by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Association for Advancing Automation, Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Binghamton University, Bipartisan Policy Center, Boston Scientific Corporation, Delaware Manufacturing Association, Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP), Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Intelligent Manufacturing Systems International (IMS-I), International Society of Automation (ISA), Mac Arthur Corporation, Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC), National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), National Council for Advanced Manufacturing(NACFAM), National Tooling & Machining Association, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rockwell Automation, SEMI, State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), SUNY Polytechnic Institute, The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and University of Delaware.