As domestic and international challenges continue to affect U.S. public health, the economy, and national security, the advanced manufacturing sector is responding. Innovative, resilient and sustainable manufacturing systems are transforming the U.S. to become stronger, smarter, greener, and more secure.
Manufacturing USA®, a national network of public-private partnerships, supports this work through collaboration in technology, supply chain, and workforce development to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing. The network includes the U.S. Departments of Commerce (DOC), Defense (DoD), and Energy (DOE), their 16 sponsored manufacturing innovation institutes, and six other federal partner agencies – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Labor. This brings together vast resources and expertise from across the U.S. government to collaboratively support and strengthen U.S. advanced manufacturing.
Highlights from the report:
- In fiscal year 2021, the institutes:
- Worked with 2,300 member organizations, 63% are manufacturers and 72% of those are small companies (less than 500 employees)
- Conducted 708 major research and development projects
- Engaged more than 90,000 students, workers and teachers in advanced manufacturing workforce development and training
- Leveraged $127 million in base federal funds to attract $354 million in funds from state, federal and pandemic funds, and private funds
- Strengthening the nation’s manufacturing supply chains
- Building innovation ecosystems to effectively collaborate on applied R&D, moving American discoveries into production
- Empowering the current and next generation workforce through activities with national partners, such as the NIIMBL eXperience to inspire diversity and interest in advanced manufacturing careers and America Makes working with NextFlex launched the Additive Edge project to introduce high school students to additive manufacturing.
- A novel approach to strengthen American economic competitiveness and help ensure that what is invented here is made here by a skilled American workforce.