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North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME Releases Position Paper on Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives

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(DEARBORN, Mich., June 23, 2014) – The North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) has announced a new position paper titled, “Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives: A National Imperative,” that addresses the current state of manufacturing in the United States, makes several recommendations to drive the economy and offers support to various initiatives. 

“America’s manufacturing sector holds significant promise for expansion and job creation,” said Shreyes Melkote, PhD, president of NAMRI/SME. “The impact of advanced manufacturing technologies extends to other sectors of the economy, with manufacturers contributing more on a dollar-for-dollar basis than any other sector.”  

“The NAMRI/SME paper addresses several key U.S. advanced manufacturing initiatives, and NAMRI encourages investments in the scientific and engineering enterprise to generate new technologies, industries and jobs.”

The position paper identifies specific, actionable tasks in response to recommendations outlined in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee. It expresses NAMRI/SME’s support for these initiatives and others to ensure that the economic and social climate promotes the domestic manufacturing sector.

NAMRI/SME is encouraged by ongoing progress from PCAST and offers its support to help these programs succeed. The position paper can be viewed here

Some specific recommendations made by NAMRI/SME — that in some instances support or enhance current initiatives and programs — include: 

  • Establishing a national advanced manufacturing strategy.
  • Approving and fully funding the pending National Network for Manufacturing Innovation described in the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act.
  • Empowering enhanced industry/university collaboration in advanced manufacturing research.
  • Tapping the talent pool of returning veterans.
  • Launching national manufacturing fellowships and internships.

To learn more about NAMRI/SME or to view the position paper, visit

The North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) brings together researchers from leading companies, government laboratories, academic institutions and industrial think tanks located around the world for the purpose of advancing the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing. This group's work covers refining fundamental technologies and developing emerging technologies and processes for material removal and material forming, as well as research on manufacturing modeling, simulation, monitoring and control systems. Learn more at

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