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10th October 2016, Detroit, MI

Moving Detroit forward

LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) and IACMI (The Composites Institute) are to invest nearly $50 million in their shared manufacturing scale-up facility in Detroit, Michigan.

The investment will be made over the two years and will include the acquisition and installation of new manufacturing equipment and the necessary construction and infrastructure upgrades to support.

The investment will include the acquisition and installation of new manufacturing equipment. © IACMI

As a part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation initiative, now called Manufacturing USA, these investments will allow institute members, partners and others in the industry to conduct research and development projects, in both lightweight metals and advanced composites at the. It will also provide education space for students and adult learners focused on the composites and lightweight materials industries.

The investment will be comprised of $20.5 million for LIFT and $18 million for IACMI. Some of the equipment slated for installation includes hydroforming and extrusion press, a flexible-robot joining cell and a linear friction welder for LIFT, and compression and injection moulding presses, prepreg equipment, induction processing and an RTM/liquid compression moulding machine for IACMI.

“The goal of this new investment is to make a positive impact in and beyond automotive in areas such as aerospace, defence, shipbuilding and other manufacturing sectors,” said Lawrence E. Brown, executive director at LIFT. “Moreover, we need to continue to invest in educating and training our next generation of manufacturers. These added resources will allow us to do just that.”

“Being home to two Manufacturing USA institutes continues to position Michigan as the leader in advanced manufacturing in the region and the country,” added Eric Shreffler, managing director of the automotive office at Michigan’s Economic Development Corporation. “We are proud to support both LIFT and IACMI as they help move Detroit and advanced manufacturing forward for the world.”

According to MEDC data, Michigan produces more vehicles and has a higher concentration of electrical, mechanical and industrial engineers than anywhere else in the USA. The state is home to 23 auto assembly plants and 640 tooling and die cutting shops which employ 17,000 people.

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