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