Comau, a global leader in the development and implementation of
engineering solutions for sustainable automation and production, is to
be part of the consortium that will be awarded the new $140 million
Department of Defense backed manufacturing institute to be headquartered
in southeast Michigan.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will announce the partnership of
businesses and universities set to speed development of lightweight
materials across a number of industries including: defense, aerospace,
automotive, energy and consumer products. The effort to boost the
manufacturing sector will receive $70 million in federal support,
matched by more than $70 million non-federal.
The ALMMII proposal was created in response to President Obama's 2013
State of the Union pledge to establish new manufacturing innovation
institutes with the purpose of serving as regional hubs designed to
bridge the gap between basic research and product development, bringing
together companies, universities and community colleges as well as
federal agencies to co-invest in technology areas that encourage
investment and production in the U.S.
ALMMII addresses the requirements of the government's Lightweight and
Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) project, bringing together
a 60 member group that will pair leading aluminum, titanium and high
strength steel manufacturers with universities and laboratories
pioneerng new technology development and research. The White House
stated, "The long-term goal of the LM3I Institute will be to expand the
market for and create new consumers of products and systems that utilize
new, lightweight, high performing metals and alloys by removing
technological barriers to their manufacture."
The White House called it a sort of "teaching factory" and said it will
provide an "opportunity for education and training of students and
workers at all levels, while providing the shared assets to help
companies, most importantly small manufacturers, access the cutting-edge
capabilities and equipment to design, test and pilot new products and
Comau has been invited to the White House for the official announcement.
"We are honored to be at the forefront of technology development efforts
that will expand the potential for new, lightweight metals by improving
the skills and competencies needed for their production" explains Martin
Kinsella, Comau's Director of Advanced Materials and Process
Technologies. "Comau has a longstanding history of applying advanced
research and innovation to improve manufacturing processes within
mission-critical industries, and we are looking forward to combining our
experience with that of the extended team to increase access to
high-performance, lightweight metals within modern manufacturing."
Comau, which began in 1973 as the COnsorzio MAcchine Utensili, was
founded upon the shared principals of innovation and excellence.
Comau is the worldwide leader in manufacturing flexible, automatic
systems and integrating products, processes and services that increase
efficiency while lowering overall costs. Headquartered in Turin, Italy,
with an international network that spans 13 countries, Comau uses the
latest technology and processes to deliver advanced turnkey systems that
consistently exceed the expectations of its customers. Comau specializes
in body welding & assembly, powertrain machining & assembly, robotics
and maintenance as well as environmental services for a wide range of
industrial sectors. The continuous expansion and improvement of its
product range enables Comau to guarantee customized assistance at all
phases of a project - from design, implementation and installation, to
production start-up and maintenance services.
For further information about Comau's consolidated experience and its
vast portfolio of products and services, visit www.comau.com.
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