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New Study Examines High-Tech Competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturers

Analyst Firm, National Center to Jointly Release Results of Broad-Based Survey

SUNNYVALE, CA and ANN ARBOR, MI - September 22, 2010 - Based on data from a new study conducted with Intersect360 Research, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) will present its strategy to bring advanced computing tools to the U.S. Manufacturing supply chain. Backed by the Alliance for High Performance Digital Manufacturing (AHPDM), NCMS will outline its strategy to leverage the wealth of talent, ideas and facilities within our universities, national labs and industrial research centers in order to develop a knowledge infrastructure around Digital Manufacturing tools, creating jobs and revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, at the "Revitalizing Manufacturing: Transforming the Way America Builds“ event held September 30th, 2010 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Center in Washington, D.C.

For decades, the largest U.S. automotive and aerospace manufacturers have used supercomputing technologies to pursue "Digital Manufacturing" processes. The programs they run allow them to shorten time-to-market, improve product quality, and reduce costs, by designing their products on a computer before they build expensive physical prototypes. With over 300,000 small- and mid-sized manufacturers (SMM) based in the U.S., the study conducted by NCMS and Intersect360 Research probed the reasons why the digital manufacturing concept has not been broadly adopted outside the top echelon. “There is a definitive gap between what U.S. manufacturers could be doing – that is, what they want to be doing – and what they are actually doing,” said Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research. “They know where they want to go; they just don’t know how to get there.”

Over 80% of respondents to the survey wanted more opportunity to experiment with advanced technologies, if they could do so at minimal risk. However, manufacturers typically encounter barriers not only with the cost of acquiring the computer hardware and software necessary to start or expand a Digital Manufacturing program, but also with the expertise to implement new technologies and validate their results against existing processes.

Armed with this data, NCMS has developed a comprehensive plan to overcome the barriers to entry that have kept the SMMs out of the digital manufacturing space, and affordably bring these game-changing tools to the over 300,000 small- and mid-sized manufacturers in the U.S.

“NCMS understands the power of Digital Manufacturing and has confirmed its absence in the manufacturing supply chain in the U.S.” said Jon Riley, NCMS Executive Director of Design & Engineering Programs. “With this study, we’ve been able to pinpoint the barriers to adoption, and identify strategies to overcome them.”

The event agenda includes speakers from General Electric, Ace Clearwater Enterprises, Intersect360 Research, Microsoft and Intel as well as various government officials all speaking to the need for a wider adoption of Digital Manufacturing throughout the supply chain in order for U.S. manufacturing to remain globally competitive.

For more information on this study, please contact Amy Pezzillo, Media Relations, Intersect360 Research, at (888) 256-0124 or amy@intersect360.com. For more information on the event, please contact Alissa Roath at (734) 995-3457 or alissar@ncms.org or visit www.ncms.org.

About Intersect360 Research
Intersect360 Research is a market intelligence, research, and consulting advisory practice focused on suppliers, users, and policymakers across the High Performance Computing ecosystem. Intersect360 Research relies on both user-based and supplier-based research to form a complete perspective of HPC market dynamics, trends, and usage models.

More information on Intersect360 Research can be found at: www.intersect360.com

About NCMS
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is the largest cross-industry collaborative research and development consortium in North America, and is the only consortial effort in the U.S. devoted exclusively to driving innovation in manufacturing technologies, processes and practices. NCMS has nearly 25 years of experience in the formation and management of complex, multi-partner collaborative R&D programs, and is backed by corporate members representing virtually every manufacturing sector.

For more information, visit www.ncms.org

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