plans executive actions to strengthen U.S. manufacturing
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[October 27, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President
Barack Obama will launch a series of executive actions on Monday to
strengthen U.S. advanced manufacturing, including a $300 million
investment in three technologies considered crucial to the country's
The White House said in a statement the actions would build on the
final report of Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership that
recommends measures to spur innovation, secure a skilled workforce
and improve the business climate.
Obama is meeting at the White House on Monday with the partnership's
steering committee, a working group of the President's Council of
Advisors in Science and Technology.
The White House said NASA and the departments of Defense, Energy and
Agriculture would invest more than $300 million in the emerging
technologies of advanced materials including composites and
bio-based materials, advanced sensors for manufacturing, and digital
It said the investments, matched by private-sector resources, would
drive advances in the manufacturing of high-tech materials including
"new steel alloys that are twice as strong and lighter than today"
and new processes to eliminate reliance on foreign supplies of
As part of the effort, the National Science Foundation will
establish up to two manufacturing "centers of excellence" in basic
research bringing together universities and industry with a focus on
advanced sensors for manufacturing and digital manufacturing.
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The White House statement added that the Labor Department was
launching a $100 Million American Apprenticeships Grant Competition
to spur apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing.
In addition, the Commerce Departmentís Manufacturing Extension
Partnership will pilot $130 million competition over five years
across 10 states to help small manufacturers adopt new technologies
and bring new products to market.
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
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