3 December 2012 | Press Release | The USA Assumes Global Manufacturing R&D Program Chairmanship


SCRA’s Robert Kiggans named IMS Chairman

CHARLESTON, SC – December 3, 2012 – SCRA today announced that the United States, a charter member of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems program (IMS), assumed the chairmanship from the European Union. Mr. Robert Kiggans, who serves as Vice Chairman of SCRA’s Applied R&D, will serve as the IMS chairman for a thirty-month term. The IMS was established for advancement of global cooperative manufacturing research

Mr. Kiggans said, “As the number one manufacturer in the world, the United States is honored to host the chairmanship of IMS for advanced manufacturing research, development and innovation. Although manufacturing today is highly competitive, there are areas of research that require cooperation with other industrialized nations. The member regions of the European Union, Korea, Mexico, Switzerland and the United States recognize the need for multi-lateral cooperation on these challenges and support the IMS mission to facilitate global collaboration between top research scientists. I intend to continue our strategic focus for cooperative research and also to continue other work of the European Union chairmanship including membership enlargement and support of the annual World Manufacturing Forum.”

Kiggans, assumes the leadership of IMS from Mr. Fred-Holger Günther, a 30 year distinguished employee and former Senior Vice President of Robert Bosch GmbH. He was selected by the European Commission to lead the organization. Kiggans brings over 30 years of industry experience and was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of SCRA and President of its federal sector.  Appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, he served as Head of the US Delegation to the international IMS Steering Committee for the past six years.

Kiggans is also Vice Chairman of International TechneGroup and initial Director of the Ronald McNair Aerospace Center. Earlier, he served as President and CEO of ATI and General Manager of PDES, Inc., an international standards collaboration. He was also Deputy Director, Information Science and Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Holding a B.S. degree from The Citadel and M.S. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Kiggans holds of numerous honors including the recently bestowed American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Leadership Award.

Mr. Dan Nagy will continue as Managing Director of the organization responsible for IMS program oversight and international coordinating activities.


About SCRA


SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages over 100 national and international programs worth over $1.5 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic output studies show SCRA’s cumulative impact on South Carolina’s economy to be over $14 billion, and that the company has helped create approximately 15,000 technology-related jobs in SC, with wages averaging between $55,000 and $77,000.