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Following the success of the 2015 event, the 3rd annual Manufacturing Indaba will be held on the 28 – 29 June 2016 at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. David Romero, IMS Project Coach, will give a speech regarding international cooperation at the event and the benefits to South Africa to expand beyond their borders.

South Africa’s economy is under pressure and as a result business confidence is in a decline.

The aim of the Manufacturing Indaba is to bring together business owners, industry leaders, government officials, capital providers and professional experts to discuss challenges and to brainstorm solutions. The success of South Africa depends on a strong and innovative manufacturing base working together to promote prosperity through manufacturing, science and innovation.

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IMS International Steering Committee: Adolfo Gonzales (MX), Garth Williams (SA), Abraham Tijerina (Chair), Robert Kiggans (Chair Emeritus), Dan Nagy (IRS), Clara de la Torre (EU), Kevin Carpentier (US)

Mr. Robert Kiggans, outgoing IMS Chair, was honored by the IMS International Steering Committee, key stakeholders,  and distinguished guests at a celebration event held in Mexico City at Piso 51 Club on 22 July, 2015. Bob, as he is known to his colleagues, was always pushing for more research and higher visibility of the organization. He quickly and strongly supported the concept of the World Manufacturing Forum. He also is known for his desire to promote the IMS concept of international collaboration and was always a tireless ambassador for the organization. We hope he will continue to do so on our behalf.

Mr. Dan Nagy, Managing Director, gave a review of accomplishments under the US Chairmanship including the addition of a new member, South Africa, the development of a highly successful program for the World Manufacturing Forum held in Milan, and the many meetings and conferences that IMS held and/or presented the organization to expand our mission. Mr. Kiggans dedicated many hours of his personal time to IMS, and in recognition, the International Steering Committee recognized him with an award.

Mr. Kiggans has a very long list of accomplishments including the following:

  • IMS Chair, 2012-2015
  • IMS US head of Delegation, 2004-2012
  • International Leadership Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Chief Operating Officer of SCRA and President of its Federal Sector
  • President and CEO of ATI and General Manager of PDES, Inc., an international standards collaboration.
  • Vice President of SCRA and Director of the Advanced Technology Group.
  • Director for C3I Advanced Systems at Cincinnati Electronics.
  • Deputy Director, Information Science and Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he supported the development of a multi-billion dollar computer/communications upgrade program. And while with the Air Force Strategic Air Command, he directed advanced computer technology initiatives, including development of a multi-million dollar automated executive information system.
  • He completed the Electronic Data Systems (EDS) System Engineering Development Program and became a software systems engineer for EDS.
  • Kiggans received a B.S. degree from The Citadel and an M.S. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
  • He was a Research Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a former senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer.
  • He serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Enterprise Integration; International TechneGroup, Inc., PDES, Inc.; the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing and the Silver Crescent Foundation.
  • Kiggans has been with SCRA for more than 25 years and his contributions to their Applied Research and Commercialization Programs, Innovation Centers and Research Parks helped SCRA generate a cumulative economic contribution of more than $13.7B to South Carolina since its inception in 1983.


Organized by the National Academy of Sciences “Defense Materials Manufacturing and Infrastructure (DMMI) Standing Committee”, the Mar 25-26 workshop on “Globalization of Defense Materials and Manufacturing” was opened by Dr. Mike McGrath in the prestigious Members Rooms at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington DC. Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 8.07.21 AM At the opening keynote speech Ruth David, CEO of ANSER, said that “We need to leverage what others are doing” setting the tone of the meeting for global collaboration.

Throughout the day some of the challenges heard from the IMS perspective included intellectual property protection when working in a collaborative environment, limited funding for research, and the difficulty in forming consortiums. Dan Nagy (International Office), Steve Ray (US), and David Romero (MX) explained how these concerns can be addressed and how sustainable manufacturing and cross-platform technologies can and should be developed collaboratively through the IMS program. They also presented some project success and opportunities that drew interest from both government and industry representativeIMG_3311_2s spurring off-line discussions for future collaboration. The full agenda and speaker bios are below.

The international event heard perspectives from industry, institutional, and government representatives from Australia, Mexico, Germany, United States, and United Kingdom. The companies and institutions that were represented included ANSER, ATI Metals, CSIRO, Fraunhofer, McKinsey, Pfahl Consulting, Rochester Institure of Technology, Rolls Royce, Office of Naval Research, United Kingdom Attache for Defense R&T, and Universal Technology Corporation. Although IMS is not a defense-related organization, many large manufacturers in the United States manufacture for the defense industry.


Agenda for Globalization of Defese Materials and Manufacturing Final A rapporteur recorded and publish the event. The link will be shared when available.

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IMS has accepted an invitation to speak and meet with government officials at the annual South African Manufacturing Indaba that will take place 29-30 June 2015 in Johannesburg. Over 300 leaders from government and industry are expected to attend this two day event.

The organizers have assembled a website for review and registration. The event brochure is below.

IMS also plans to meet separately with business leaders and relevant government Ministers from the region to discuss international collaboration through IMS. South Africa is a member of IMS.



MI Brochure 2015 (v3)

IMS will will at the NACFAM Annual Conference to be held in Arlington, VA on 9-10 April, 2015. The conference titled “Transforming U.S. Manufacturing – Challenges and Opportunities” will present NNMI’s contributions to the manufacturing transformation in the US, customer personalization in the manufacturing process, visions of the future supply chain, smart connected products, and other innovations. IMS will present during the session “Collaborating Globally – Manufacturing Locally”. IMS will present how international collaboration expands local manufacturing opportunities from multi-national companies to SMEs and SME clusters.

IMS will speak at the 2015 South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo to be held in Greenville, SC at the TD convention center on Tuesday, 14 April during the plenary session. The program will discuss cyber security, venture capital and ecosystems for manufacturing startups, digital manufacturing and long term data retention, future supply chains, additive manufacturing opportunities, and other topics of high interest. IMS will speak during the session “Challenges and Opportunities for Next-Generation Manufacturing”.

The keynote speaker will be Governor Nikki Haley. She will be joined by leaders from across the United Staes from industry, government, and academia.


For more information, please visit the South Carolina Depart of Commerce website:

The Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative (IMI) Symposium launched the IMI effort that will increase the economic competitiveness of the U.S. and Mexico in manufacturing for the global market. The IMI accomplishes this by incorporating Information Technology capabilities into all aspects of the manufacturing process from the R&D phase to optimized workflow to system-wide networking to advanced materials to advanced system controls and maintenance to distribution, as well as addressing the needs for a skilled workforce and the financial investments needed.

The IMI symposium:

• Brought together researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, companies, government agencies, and investors in a forum that will facilitate cross-fertilization for technology commercialization across overlapping disciplines.

• Assessed the issues, needs, and existing efforts involved in developing an IMI implementation plan.

•Hopes to create an internet-based clearinghouse and networking center that will connect a wide range of people and organizations in ways that will facilitate cross-fertilization in technology commercialization and manufacturing.

• More directly couple the personnel and projects funded by I-Corps with Technology Commercialization efforts.

The integration of these elements forms the basis for an effective and sustainable effort that will improve the manufacturing competitiveness of the U.S. and Mexico. It is the holistic approach of the IMI to addressing global competitiveness in manufacturing, which sets it apart from many other advanced manufacturing efforts. It is the holistic approach in partnering and sharing of complementary strengths that will make the U.S. and Mexico more competitive.

The IMI symposium took place in November 10 & 11 in San Diego. The venue for the symposium stems from the presence of strong manufacturing efforts and cooperation in the Baja California-Southern California region. The symposium focused on manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, and energy sectors. It also included a strong representation of the IT sector, which provides the underpinning for the IMI. Attendance was about 120 participants.


IMI Symposium Logistic Info

*IMS will attend the “Information Days on the Research PPPs on Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings,Green Vehicles and Sustainable Process Industry in Brussels, 21 October 2014.*


Information Days on the Research PPPs
on Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings,
Green Vehicles and Sustainable Process Industry
Brussels, 21 October 2014


An Information Day on the Research PPPs will take place on 21 October 2014 in Brussels. 

The aim of the event is to give the research community an overview of ongoing activities, and to support the preparation of proposals for the 2015 calls. 

The info day will also offer plenty of opportunities for networking.

Register for the info day

Dr. Mauro Caocci, IMS Project Development Coach, will attend the “Brokerage Event for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing” on 13 November, 2014 in Brussels. Please contact Mauro if you would like to discuss IMS opportunities at this event.

A brokerage event for the incoming H2020 NMBP work program is organized by the European Technology Platform NANOfutures with the collaboration of EUMAT and Manufuture. It will take place on the 13th of November 2014 in Brussels.

For more information:

The event will be opened by the European Commission.

The attendees will have the possibility to: – Cluster around each Call, proposing their organization or searching for partners, to this end it will be organized a physical location (call booth) with a panel showing the Call text and having a space to indicate the nature of interest (offer/request of partnership) by means of stickers with personal identification to be attached (provided by the organization). A coacher will be present to organize the contributions and the aggregation at the booth. – Present project ideas in 5 min with a slide projector to the whole audience

The brokerage event will be free of charge but closed to the subscribers that will be accepted and confirmed according to the criteria of balance among industries and research entities and date of application.

For general information and/or registration issues, please contact: [email protected]

IMS is planning a fall Manufacturing Technology Platform project workshop in late fall of 2014. The date and location are currently under consideration. Please check back for more information.


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