Release Date: February 27, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo will help accelerate the development of advanced manufacturing technologies in Western New York by lending its expertise and resources to a new advanced manufacturing institute announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the Buffalo Billion initiative.
The institute, operated by nonprofit engineering services research and development company EWI, will support economic development by shaping the future of manufacturing through innovative technology solutions. Through this initiative, businesses will partner with the institute to solve manufacturing and production issues, and to develop and commercialize technologies that improve product performance, quality, reliability and cost competitiveness.
UB will partner with EWI to support the institute’s efforts by:
· providing institute customers with access to the university’s expertise and technical capabilities
· collaborating on joint events, such as trainings and seminars
· crafting joint proposals for government funding
· partnering on experiential learning opportunities for UB students, such as internships, fellowships and capstone projects
· exploring opportunities to commercialize UB technologies
· and more.
At a lecture series hosted today by UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics, speakers – including leadership from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), Empire State Development (ESD), UB and EWI – discussed the institute's launch, technology focus areas and how regional organizations can benefit.
In a separate announcement today, Cuomo said EWI was chosen to operate the Advanced Manufacturing Institute, which will be housed at 847 Main Street in Buffalo. The building was purchased by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) with an $8 million Buffalo Billion grant from Empire State Development (ESD). The agreement calls for BNMC to provide, at no cost, space to house EWI for their start-up operations. In addition, New York State will invest $45 million of the Buffalo Billion toward machinery, equipment, future facility needs and operations.
Praxair, Sherex Fastening Solutions, The InVentures Group, Harper International and Jiffy-tite Company will be among the institute’s founding members. Technology focus areas will include flexible automation and controls; advanced materials and testing; additive manufacturing; and advanced fabrication.
Today’s announcements underscored the importance of collaboration among the institute, UB and local industry — emphasizing the benefits realized by regional companies, organizations and the overall community.
“Research universities are hubs of invention and discovery — institutions whose knowledge and creative energy can be channeled to benefit society,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi, co-chair of the Western New York REDC. “With strong research programs in fields from materials science to advanced computing, UB is well-positioned to support the new institute’s mission. We will play an integral role in partnering with the institute and its founding companies to develop new manufacturing methods, innovative new materials and new testing technologies to spur growth of high-tech manufacturing in Western New York.”
“With the REDC’s support, EWI worked with local industry for months to ensure that the institute will meet the needs that businesses have today and equip them for the challenges they will face tomorrow,” said Alexander Cartwright, UB vice president for research and economic development. “Implementing a shared vision for a revived manufacturing base in Western New York carves a path for long-term collaboration and synergies to boost our economic impact.”
The institute will enable new product and process development with particular emphasis on the region’s growth sectors such as advanced manufacturing, machinery, food processing, chemicals, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
“This initiative will allow us to build world-class capacity in Western New York for EWI customers here and around the world,” said Henry Cialone, president and CEO of EWI. “The strategy to accelerate the growth of specialized manufacturing subsectors will provide Western New York with a competitive advantage.”
“We’re excited to be in Buffalo,” said EWI project manager Steve Levesque, who was recently named operations manager for the advanced manufacturing institute. “We are pleased to offer a range of services that capitalize on the region’s existing resources and expertise.”
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, EWI develops and applies manufacturing technology innovation within the manufacturing industry, helping mid-to-large sized manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, government/defense, heavy manufacturing, consumer products and light industrial, energy, and rail industry sectors improve their operational efficiencies through innovative materials joining and allied technologies.
About the University at Buffalo:
UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence and a member of the Association of American Universities. As the largest, most comprehensive institution in the 64-campus State University of New York system, our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world every day.
Established in 2012, the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) plays a significant role in spurring economic development regionally and across the globe by connecting companies with UB’s vast research and development assets to facilitate relationships between private industry and the materials scientists who are making the next great breakthroughs in technology. Since its establishment, CMI has engaged with over 100 companies related to materials or advanced manufacturing that want to create partnerships with UB’s robust network of technical resources and capabilities.