IACMI and Tooling U-SME to partner

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation and Tooling U-SME, a provider of manufacturing training solutions, have formed a new partnership to expand the availability of advanced training for the composites manufacturing workforce.

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The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI, Knoxville, TN, US) and Tooling U-SME (Cleveland, OH, US), a provider of manufacturing training solutions, have formed a new partnership to expand the availability of advanced training for the composites manufacturing workforce. As part of a new agreement, the organizations — along with IACMI’s members — will work together to leverage the progress of composites technology, while gaining an understanding of the needs of this sector and subsequently develop solutions that will best serve the workforce.

“We recognize that the opportunities and growth potential in composites manufacturing is great, which
is why we strategically align our efforts with leading organizations to accelerate the development and
adoption of this cutting-edge technology,” says Bryan Dods, IACMI CEO. “By combining our knowledge of composites technology with the learning and development expertise of Tooling U-SME, we’ll be able to provide unparalleled advanced training programs to ensure the vitality of the U.S. workforce.”

The IACMI is the fifth technology hub in the Manufacturing USA network and is comprised of over
150 members, including educational institutions and small-to-medium-sized manufacturing companies,
some of which are Tooling U-SME clients focused on composites.

The composite materials market in the U.S. grew by 3.7% last year, reaching $8 billion in value,
and is expected to grow to $10.6 billion by 2022. Increased demand for lightweight and fuel-efficient
vehicles, progression in new construction, upgrade of old infrastructures and rising demand for wind
energy are key contributors to this growth, mostly in the aerospace and defense, wind energy and
transportation sectors.

To kick off the partnership as the market transforms, Tooling U-SME will begin deploying its existing
customized learning and development programs to the IACMI’s full membership base. “Our organizations bring great strengths to the table, and we’re committed to working together to increase technological breakthroughs and build a healthy workforce, so the industry continues to thrive,” says Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME. “There’s a lot to learn in the composites market, and we chose to partner with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
because of its leadership in this growing sector.” Tooling U-SME delivers versatile, competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community, working with more than half of all Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, as well as 600 educational institutions across the country. 

The changes taking place in manufacturing require more partnering, such as the one between Tooling
U-SME and IACMI, to accelerate the learning of both organizations and ultimately better serve the
industry and its members.