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White House Announces ASM as Member of Lightweight Metals Institute
President Obama hosted an event at the White House in February to announce new steps in a partnership with the private sector to boost advanced manufacturing and strengthen U.S. defense capabilities. ASM International’s managing director Thom Passek attended to represent the technical society at the ceremony.
The President announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Department of Defense and supported by a $140 million Federal commitment combined with more than $140 million in non-federal resources: (1) Detroit-area headquartered consortium of businesses and universities, with a focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing; (2) Chicago headquartered consortium of businesses and universities that will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies. ASM will be part of the consortium focusing on lightweight modern metals manufacturing. The $70 million award for the LM3I...