WASHINGTON Ė The gears on a federal effort to revive U.S. manufacturing are beginning to turn.
The Energy Departmentís new Advanced Manufacturing Office, formed as part of the Obama administrationís Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, is hosting a webcast on Feb. 14 to lay out the initiativesí objectives.
While the election-year event is partly designed to tout the administrationís manufacturing initiatives, it also will describe how participating universities are developing materials based on ďreplicable best practicesĒ to improve the energy efficiency of next-generation manufacturing processes.
Among the research projects being overseen by the new office are next-generation manufacturing and materials along with power efficiency in energy-intensive industries. Its technology focus included areas like nanofabrication and automation.
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership unveiled by President Obama last June includes top U.S. engineering universities and manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson. MIT President Susan Hockfield heads the partnership along with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris.
The DoE manufacturing webcast begins at 2 p.m. eastern on Feb. 14.