This first UK-US workshop on manufacturing and innovation policy focused on advanced manufacturing innovation institutes. In particular, the event explored the experiences of the recently formed UK High Value Manufacturing ‘Catapult’ and the US National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).
The workshop brought together NNMI and Catapult Centre directors, agency officials and policymakers, industry representatives and academics, to share lessons learned and effective practices. Topics for discussion included: institute establishment and growth, governance and operations, project planning and key performance metrics, industry participation and other stakeholder engagement.
Valuable connections we made and participants welcomed the opportunity to compare and contrast experiences with international counterparts. There was an open dialogue about both the high-level strategies and the day-to-day running of the institutes that allowed for an effective exchange of insights and approaches.
“There were high expectations – which proved well exceeded - on learning potential for this joint UK-US workshop on manufacturing and innovation policy. We greatly appreciated the generosity of HVM Catapult in sharing lessons learned and best practices in establishing their Innovation Centres, and we trust that our progress has been similarly informative to the Catapult leaders. Our manufacturing innovation institutes leaders valued the candid and collegial discussions, and we look forward to additional conversations in the future.”
- Mike Molnar, Director, US Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
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