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Additive Manufacturing US unveils $70 million additive manufacturing initiative

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A consortium of businesses and universities will co-invest with the US government in an institute for advancing the technology.

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US President Barack Obama said institutes like the one announced for additive manufacturing will help strengthen American industry.
US President Barack Obama said institutes like the one announced for additive manufacturing will help strengthen American industry.
(Source: The White House)

The Obama Administration has announced the launch of a public-private organisation for developing additive manufacturing in Youngstown, Ohio, called the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). The White House said the development centre will serve "a pilot" for other such sites as part of a planned $1 billion national network of manufacturing technology institutes.

According to the White House, the Ohio site was selected through a competitive process, led by the US Department of Defense, to award an initial $30 million in federal funding, matched by $40 million from the winning consortium of manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations from the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

“I’m pleased that we are taking steps to strengthen American manufacturing by launching a new manufacturing institute in Ohio,” President Barack Obama said. “This institute will help make sure that the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow take root not in places like China or India, but right here in the United States of America. That’s how we’ll put more people back to work and build an economy that lasts.”

European industrial leaders have also been requesting their governments further support manufacturing on this side of the Atlantic. In an exclusive interview with ETMM, Martin Kapp, president of Cecimo, Europe's association of machine tool makers, said policymakers here need to improve the business environment for manufacturers.(Read story here.)

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