IACMI announces partnership with NC A&T University focused on machine tooling needs

The Knoxville-headquartered Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, better known as IACMI, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have announced a new partnership aimed at revitalizing a specific component of U.S. manufacturing.

The focus of the new initiative is the machine tool industry, a foundational element of America’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, and a capability essential to the country’s national security and continued economic vitality.

The new partnership agreement, signed this month, will advance America’s Cutting Edge (ACE), a joint U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Department of Energy initiative launched in 2020 to reestablish American leadership in the machine tool industry through transformative thinking, technology innovation, and workforce development. IACMI, through an agreement with DoD’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment program, is leading an ACE industrial skills training program to scale workforce pipelines with a focus on machine tooling and advanced machining.

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