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NIST's Michael Molnar kicks off inaugural imX summit.

Press Release Summary:

Sep 14, 2011 - Michael Molnar delivered his first public address as Chief Manufacturing Officer for NIST at U.S. Department of Commerce at inaugural Interactive Manufacturing Experience (imX) industry summit. Specifically, Molnar spoke about U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech). Molnar's new position makes him NIST's central point of contact with the White House, the Department of Commerce, and other agencies related to manufacturing.

National Institute of Standards & Technology - Gaithersburg, MD

Original Press Release

NIST Chief Manufacturing Officer Michael Molnar Kicks Off Inaugural imX National Manufacturing Summit

Press release date: Sep 12, 2011

Michael Molnar, Chief Manufacturing Officer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the U.S. Department of Commerce, delivered his first public address in this new position Monday at the inaugural Interactive Manufacturing Experience (imX) industry summit in Las Vegas. Molnar spoke about the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) launched recently by President Barack Obama. Molnar's new position makes him the NIST's central point of contact with the White House, the Department of Commerce and other agencies on technical and policy issues related to manufacturing.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership "brings industry, universities and the federal government together to invest in emerging technologies," and demonstrates the President's commitment to "building domestic manufacturing capabilities to create the new products, new industries and new jobs of the future."

In its first year, imX drew thousands of industry decision makers from across the country, making it one of the nation's most pivotal gatherings of manufacturing executives, nonprofit leaders and government officials. The mission of imX is to enable these leaders to work together to chart a course for the future of an industry that is vital to the American economy.

"A healthy domestic manufacturing industry is vital to our nation's economic recovery," said Peter Borden, president of imX partner the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. "Our leaders in Washington know it, and the industry knows it. At imX, we're coming together to determine how to work collaboratively to strengthen a manufacturing base that will continue creating jobs for American workers and provide a solid foundation for sustained economic growth."

Event organizers already are planning the next imX national manufacturing summit for 2013. More information on imX is available at www.imXevent.com.

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The Event

The inaugural imX - the Interactive Manufacturing Experience - taking place Sept. 12 to 14 in Las Vegas, features one of the nation's most pivotal gatherings of manufacturing executives, nonprofit leaders and government officials working together to chart a course for the future of an industry that is vital to the American economy. At imX, the manufacturing industry will, for the first time, come together not as competitors but as collaborators with a common goal and focus of long-term industry viability. Participants will meet to discuss and foster an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing their customers and their competition, and to explore the latest manufacturing technology.

The imX manufacturing summit is a collaboration among eight leading machine tool manufacturers and two national industry associations. The event's founders are executives from eXperience partners DMG/Mori Seiki U.S.A., FANUC, Kennametal, MAG IAS LLC, Makino, Methods Machine Tools, Okuma America and Sandvik Coromant. imX is jointly presented by leading industry associations the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. More than 100 eXhibit Partners also have committed to joining the conversation and to demonstrating their own manufacturing innovations at imX.

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