Chart depicting the innovation valley of death on the technology readiness level scale.
Artificial Intelligence, Biomanufacturing, Fabrics, Innovation, Manufacturing, Photonics, Public Private Partnerships, Robotics

The U.S. outspends other nations in research and development and continues to lead the world in innovations and inventions. However, new products are often “stranded in the lab” when we don't have the manufacturing capability, or get developed in other countries such as China, Germany, and South Korea that invest more aggressively in manufacturing...

Image of AIM Photonics laboratory floor
Biomanufacturing, Fabrics, Facilities, Innovation, Manufacturing, Photonics, Public Private Partnerships, Robotics, Semi-Conductor

Three-quarters of U.S. manufacturers have fewer than 20 employees and do not have extensive research and development capabilities. Given the high costs of product development and their scope of operational challenges, from workforce and regulatory issues to unpredictable disruptions, it is difficult for small manufacturers to maintain...

STEM Talent

The manufacturing skills gap in the U.S. could result in 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030, according to a study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. Finding workers with the right skills has been one of the biggest challenges in the manufacturing sector for more than a decade.

Manufacturing has long been a driver of innovation and...

people working in advanced manufacturing

Workforce development is taking on increasing importance as manufacturers not only must fill more than 800,000 current openings but also define new careers involving robotics, automation and AI. Manufacturers are seeking people with the right skills for the advanced manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow and finding ways to upskill their...

IACMI FRP bridge install_2021
Fabrics, Lightweight Materials, Materials, Power Electronics, Recycling, Sustainability

Applying research to develop manufacturing technologies has long been a route to bridge gaps to help solve America’s challenges. That has been the case as manufacturers initially scaled mass production, through the birth of advanced manufacturing, to the emergence of connected devices gathering data to produce predictive analytics. Now, thanks to...