President Obama Says High Tech Manufacturing is the Key to Growth

President Obama Says High Tech Manufacturing is the Key to Growth

 
 

Andrew Liveris and Susan Hockfield photosPresident Barack Obama has announced his plan to bring universities and the government together with corporations to strengthen America’s manufacturing sector, especially in clean energy and advanced manufacturing.  The $500 million initiative, named the “Advanced Manufacturing Partnership” (AMP), is an effort to promote job creation in the midst of an economic slowdown. 

Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical, along with Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Susan Hockfield, have been chosen to chair this effort.

 

The program will focus on five key areas:

  • Building domestic manufacturing capabilities in critical national security industries;
  • Reducing the time needed to make advanced materials used in manufacturing products;
  • Establishing U.S. leadership in next-generation robotics;
  • Increasing the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes, and;
  • Developing new technologies that will dramatically reduce the time required to design, build, and test manufactured goods.

The AMP is being developed based on the recommendation of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which released a report entitled “Ensuring Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing.”  The PCAST report calls for a partnership between government, industry, and academia to identify the most pressing challenges and transformative opportunities to improve the technologies, processes and products across multiple manufacturing industries.

The manufacturers initially involved in the AMP will be Allegheny Technologies, Caterpillar, Corning, Dow Chemical, Ford, Honeywell, Intel, Johnson and Johnson, Northrop Grumman, Procter and Gamble, and Stryker.  The universities initially involved in the AMP will be the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Michigan. 

Of special interest to SEMI members will be the concurrently announced “Materials Genome Initiative,” as part of the AMP.  The objective of this special project, within the broader AMP, is to double the speed with which we discover, develop, and manufacture new materials. The White House released a new white paper describing the initiative, Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness, produced by the Cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council.

In the same way that the Human Genome Project accelerated a range of biological sciences by identifying and deciphering the basic building blocks of the human genetic code, the Materials Genome Initiative aims to speed our understanding of the fundamentals of material science, providing a wealth of practical information that entrepreneurs and innovators will be able to use to develop new products and processes.  It is the hope of the administration that this initiative will help to spur growth in material sciences that can be used to help solve of our most pressing national challenges and promote a renaissance of American manufacturing.

As these programs are directly related to the microelectronics industry, SEMI will continue to work with our member companies to promote any partnership opportunities.  If you have any questions regarding the AMP or other public policy matters, please contact Jamie Girard, Sr. Manager of Public Policy, at jgirard@semi.org.

July 5, 2011