New England Advanced Manufacturing Hub

New England Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB New England) got started in January 2020.

Upcoming events 2021

  • April 14, 2021: Check in. Manufacturing in New England one year into COVID-19. What has the change been? How were challenges overcome? Thoughts about the next few months. Future outlook (Small Zoom roundtable–Facilitated discussion with AMHUB co-Chairs and Members of AMHUB New England exchanging views). Register now.  
  • March 31, 2021: Amplifying the Power of Small. (Virtual Event) Presented by National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute, Stanley Black & Decker & AMHUB New England. To register, see Creators Wanted.
  • [May TBD, 2021]: Manufacturing Match: Israel & New England Advanced Manufacturing, Tech & R&D Collaboration. (Webinar and Panel debate). What are the most exciting Israeli startups? Operational advancements through industry 4.0. The newest approaches in the Industrial Internet of Things. How does BIRD support industrial R&D in all sectors of the hi-tech industry which are of mutual benefit to the U.S. and Israel? Presented by The Consulate General of Israel New York U.S. East Coast & Canada and the BIRD Foundation in collaboration with AMHUB New England. Registration link and more info forthcoming shortly. 
  • November, 2021: AMHUB New England Conference. (Hybrid event). Call for Speakers, Registration link and more info forthcoming shortly.  

Click here to Inquire about joining AmHub New England as a company member (and be listed in our online member directory). Membership for 2021 is free of charge, and expectations include taking part in the community activity (meetups, policy positions, knowledge sharing).

AMHUB Kickoff Event 2020

The virtual kickoff event took place amidst COVID-19 on 9 July 2020 and gathered 300 manufacturing professionals to discuss best practices for getting back to work safely, how companies are leveraging technology to turn the crisis into an opportunity, how companies are adapting production and supply chains to this new reality, and how New England can invest in manufacturing resilience.

A set of industry speakers provided their views:

  • Sudhi Bangalore, VP of Industry 4.0 at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Natan Linder, CEO of Tulip
  • Ian Cronin, the World Economic Forum
  • Colin Cooper, Chief Manufacturing Officer, State of Connecticut
  • Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Ric Fulop, CEO, Desktop Metal

The New England AMHUB aims to tackle a member-driven agenda and will include representatives from the largest and most advanced manufacturing entities in the area. Initial topics include the Industrial Internet of Things; robotics; cybersecurity; additive manufacturing and advanced materials; and modeling, simulation, and visualization.

In 2020, AMHUB New England launched MFG.works, an online community for manufacturers to connect with each other to drive development, learnings, best practices, and networking. This platform is open to the global AMHUB network as well. Augmented – the industry 4.0 podcast also covers AMHUB relevant topics and occasionally features its members.

New England’s Manufacturing Workforce

New England, a region comprising six states in the Northeastern United States (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut), has a population of 15 million (US Census, 2020). The top 3 industries are a) Computers, Electronics, and Communications Equipment, b) Defense and Aerospace, and c) Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology. The percentage of workforce employed in manufacturing is estimated at around 8% which is only slightly below the U.S. national average (see The Manufacturing Footprint and the Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs, 2015). The manufacturing industry’s contribution to total GDP is around 9%.

New England has a rich history as home to a thriving manufacturing industry that has continued to prosper through the development of electronics, pharmaceuticals and defense and aerospace. In 2020, the New England AMHUB, led by Tulip and Stanley Black & Decker, began to lay the groundwork for a network to transform the region’s manufacturing through education and collaboration.

AMHUB priorities in 2021

In 2021, the New England AMHUB will begin to schedule engagements and virtual panels and convene working groups, bringing SMEs into the ecosystem to guide their development and digital transformation. The goals with this activity is to follow up on the conclusion from the kickoff-event to particularly address:

  • positioning the region for further excellence and innovation
  • addressing existing skills gaps, collaborate on upskilling and attracting talent to the region
  • communicating with government decision makers
  • incubating new partnerships

The first year, the leadership of New England AMHUB was shared between Stanley Black & Decker, New Britain, CT, USA and Tulip Interfaces, Somerville, MA, USA. Inaugural co-leads Marty Guay (SBD) and Saul Lustgarten (Tulip) have just passed the baton to Carl B. March (SBD), Co-Lead bio and Trond Undheim (Tulip), Co-Lead bio.

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News

New Balance closes Boston factory, lays off dozens (4 December 2020, Boston Business Journal)

 

Associations

AME Northeastern Region

New England Council

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA)

 

Related documents

Tulip and the World Economic Forum Announce the New England Advanced Manufacturing Hub, 20 January 2020

The Manufacturing Industry in New England: The State of the States

Massachusetts Manufacturing Facts 2019, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) (2020 and 2019)

New England – Labor Force Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Manufacturing in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative