Congressman J. Randy Forbes, 4th Congressional District of Virginia, discussed the need for developing a national manufacturing strategy and building the region’s role as an industrial leader during a roundtable August 21st at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).
A recipient of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence for his work to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing base, Congressman Forbes led the discussion of CCAM industry and academic partners from Newport News Shipbuilding, Canon Virginia, Rolls-Royce, the University of Virginia and Virginia State University.
The event was part of Congressman Forbes’ tour of Virginia manufacturing facilities during which he met with many of the region’s business leaders.
Joseph F. Moody, CCAM President and Executive Director, said, “The roundtable encouraged a valuable dialogue about comprehensive, sustainable manufacturing growth through the combined forces of government, industry, communities and academia.”
CCAM is based at a 62,000 square foot applied research facility that has computational and engineering research labs, high bay production space and commercial scale equipment, and specialized equipment and tooling for research in surface engineering, manufacturing systems, additive manufacturing, machining technologies, composite materials processing, and welding and joining.
The center bridges the gap between research and commercialization, accelerating new developments to market.
CCAM’s 19 industry and government members include Canon Virginia Inc., Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens, Sulzer Metco, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blaser Swisslube, Hermle Machine Co., Mitutoyo, Paradigm Precision, Buehler, Cool Clean Technologies, GF AgieCharmilles, Mechdyne, National Instruments, Airbus and the NASA Langley Research Center.
Academic partners are the University of Virginia, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University.
CCAM is an applied research center that provides production-ready advanced manufacturing solutions to member companies across the globe. Members guide the research, leveraging talent and resources within CCAM and at Virginia’s top universities, through a collaborative model that enables them to pool R&D efforts to increase efficiencies. Results can then be applied directly to the factory floor, turning ideas into profit faster and more affordably than ever before. CCAM is located in a state-of-the-art research facility in Prince George County, Virginia. For more information, visit www.ccam-va.com.