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C O N T E N T S
E D I T O R I A L
P
resident Obama has declared 2014
a year of action, especially for the
manufacturing sector. Through the
initiation of twonewDepartment of
Defense-led hubs inChicago and
Detroit, theMidwest is on itsway to
becoming an even stronger driving
force for theAmerican economy. The
new innovation centers aremodeled
after theGerman Fraunhofer system,
which evenmade the front page of the
Chicago Tribune recently: “Germany’s
research institutes provide lessons for
Chicago as it plans $320million
digitalmanufacturing lab.” “America
Makes”, theOhio-based pilot institute
of theU.S. administration’s National
Network forManufacturing Innova-
tion (NNMI), serves as anothermodel
for the newhubs in theMidwest.
The new hubs combine the produc-
tion capabilities, innovative environ-
ment, and R&D expertise to revolu-
tionize Americanmanufacturing.
This development should especially
benefit small andmedium enterprises
(SMEs), who rely on cost- and
resource-efficient production.
Under the framework of the Univer-
sity of Illinois (UI Labs), the Digital
Manufacturing andDesign Innovation
Institute (DMDI) in downtown
Chicagowill focus on smart data
flows in different processeswithin
the production cycle.
TheDetroit-based project focuses
on Lightweight andModernMetals
Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I).
Its installment inDetroit does not
come as a surprise:Michigan is further
on the upswing and has recently
been recognized as a leader in
attracting international investment
by theOrganization for International
Investment (OFII).
These are exciting times for the U.S.!
Investments in future-oriented
innovation hubs can be instrumental
in transforming theAmerican
manufacturing sector – generating
revenue, jobs, and growth. The fact
that these U.S. labs took inspiration
from the highly successful German
Fraunhofermodel shows how
mutually beneficial a transatlantic
exchange of innovative ideas can be.
TheGermanAmericanChambers of
Commerce look forward to continuing
this dialogue throughout the U.S. on
this andmany other important
initiatives, including securing the
skilledworkforce necessary to support
these dynamic innovations in
manufacturing.
Sincerely,
Simone Pohl
Designing the
Future ofManufacturing
John Legere, President&CEOof T-Mobile:
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SimonePohl
President&CEO, GermanAmerican
Chamber ofCommerceof theMidwest
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