President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) in a speech at Carnegie Mellon University in June 2011. This private-sector-led, national effort is a key component of the Administration's plan to revitalize American manufacturing. AMP brings together industry, universities, and the federal government to chart a course for investing and furthering the development of the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance U.S. global competitiveness.
In its report Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, in June 2011, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) called for a partnership involving government, industry, and academia to identify the most pressing challenges and transformative opportunities to improve the technologies, processes and products across multiple manufacturing industries.
On July 17, 2012, the AMP Steering Committee, which operates within the framework of PCAST, issued a report detailing 16 recommendations “aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S. competitiveness, feeds into the nation's innovation economy, and invigorates the domestic manufacturing base.”
The committee's Report to the President on Capturing Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing addresses needs in three broad categories:
To download the report, go to: PCAST AMP Steering Committee Report - Final July 17 2012
The 18 member AMP Steering Committee is co-chaired by Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Dow Chemical Company, and Susan Hockfield, now President Emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Presidents of some of the nation's top engineering universities and the CEOs of several leading U.S. manufacturers make up the AMP Steering Committee membership.
Over the months since the summer of 2011, AMP engaged a diverse group of stakeholders—businesses, educational institutions, labor organizations, government agencies, and professional associations— at four regional events designed to solicit ideas on how best to promote U.S. leadership in manufacturing and innovation performance. More than 1,200 stakeholders participated in these interactive meetings, which are summarized in annex 6 of the report.
In addition, the Steering Committee consulted a wide spectrum of experts in advanced manufacturing technology, education, and policy issues to build upon ideas presented at the regional forums for stakeholders.
The Steering Committee report synthesizes the contribution of five workstreams, each of which also prepared a report (included as annexes, which are available on line). These worksteams are: