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IACMI and ACMA Combine Forces to Grow the Composite Industry

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and The American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA) have entered a new agreement to work together to develop and promote composites

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) have entered into a unique partnership agreement. Both organizations recognize their complementary skills and mission to grow and foster the composites industry. The agreement outlines ways in which the two organizations will work together to both support membership development in both organizations and promote the composites industry.

Tom Dobbins, ACMA President and Craig Blue, IACMI CEO signed a partnership agreement and will be collaborating on composites training and workforce development initiatives.

Specifically, IACMI and ACMA will align their interests to:

  • Partner on workforce development efforts, including the support and promotion of the ACMA Certification Composites Technician Program (CCT)
  • Agree to have IACMI present at ACMA meetings and events, and to collaborate on joint events on selected topics
  • Explore other opportunities to collaborate on different topics, such as composites recycling, modeling and simulation
  • Promote memberships in each other's organizations

"IACMI has brought together unprecedented commitment from state governments, industry and research institutions committed to leveraging their resources and technology to develop a workforce, create jobs and increase global manufacturing competitiveness in the rapidly growing use of advanced composites," said Dr. Craig Blue, CEO of IACMI. "ACMA provides the most current training and information available in the composites industry. IACMI's partnership with ACMA for workforce training and education will enable IACMI members to strengthen industry integration and advance composite commercialization opportunities."

 IACMI, a public-private partnership created as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, focuses on developing lower-cost, higher-speed, and more efficient manufacturing and recycling processes for advanced composite materials.

"At ACMA we are proud to partner with the IACMI as it will benefit our members and the breadth of the composites Industry," says Tom Dobbins, president of ACMA. "The last few months our team has been working diligently to see this agreement come to life. The new synergies between our organizations are unprecedented and will create new dynamics and channels for ACMA members."

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation's energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites.

The national institute is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office and over $180 million committed from IACMI's partners. IACMI, an institute within the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is committed to delivering a public-private partnership to increase domestic production capacity, grow manufacturing and create jobs across the U.S. composite industry.

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About ACMA
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world's largest composites industry trade group. We are manufacturers, material and equipment suppliers, distributors, academia and end users, dedicated to growing the composites market. We serve our members and the industry by promoting the competitive advantage and versatility of composite materials. ACMA offers composites industry educational resources through our CAMX show, conferences and Certified Composites Technician (CCT®) program. We develop standards and specifications that drive preference for the use of composites in place of traditional materials. We lead advocacy efforts via legislative and regulatory channels to achieve a more viable composites industry. Together, we are shaping the future of composites.
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